The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. 59, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 29, 1984 Page: 1 of 18
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"A Strong Voice for Big Lake and Reagan County"
VOLUME 59 NUMBER 14
BIG LAKE, REAGAN COUNTY, TEXAS MARCH 29, 1984
At last week's meeting R C H S
School board rehires teachers
RCHS band rated superior
Reagan County School Trus-
tees accepted the recommen-
dations of Supt. Joe White, Jr.,
and principals at the three school
campuses and re-hired teach-
ers and para-professional people
for the 1984-85 school year.
Elementary Principal Jerry
Burleson recommended the re-
hiring of 37 professional and 11
para professional personnel.
Those teachers renewed were
Kay Boedekcr, Marcelle Montis,
Julie VanDiver, Cindy Storey,
and Diane Madred in Kinder-
garten; Sharon McReavy, Pat
Bitner. Jeanne Cole, Mary Al-
corta, Tracey Ferguson, and Ter-
rie O'Hara in first grade; Mil-
dred Rice, Theta Puckett, Nan-
cy Ashcraft, Rosella DeAnda,
and Deborah Younggren in sec-
The board renewed Debra
Moore, Inie Avery, Pat Williams.
Lorie Hickman, and Preston
Jones in third grade; Joe Green,
Nannine Askins, Lori Brooks,
and Karen McDonald in fourth
grade; and Pauline Alexander,
Winelle Green, Sheren Childs,
and Judy Kyker, in fifth grade.
In areas of specialization the
board renewed Jan Harkleroad
The preachers of the First
Baptist Church and Bethel Bap-
tist Church were in the office at
the same time the other day.
They were mapping strategy
against us heathens for the
Community Wide Festival of
Faith which will start soon. J. B.
Bitner mentioned that a crew
was working at his building, dis-
mantling the pews for a little re-
furbishing. Both Bitner and Jim
Townsend of the Bethel Church
remarked that if those pews
could talk, they would have a
few stories to tell.
Their remark about the pews
had the same effect on me that
some of their sermons probably
have on their congregations - de-
layed reaction. The fact is, as
I thought more about those pews,
and the pews or seating in that
and other church buildings, I
realized that church pews have
seen it all from deaths to those
being born again.
But, back to the physical char-
acteristics of the pews them-
selves. Like any piece of furni-
ture that is used constantly, the
pews occassionally need to be re-
conditioned. I would guess that
the pews on the front row were
not in that bad of condition com-
pared with those well worn rows
near the back. The reasons for
that observation are obvious.
You just don't sit too close to a
Some pews are surely comfort-
able, with padded seats and all,
but others are simple benches
which seat simple people all
hearing the same message.
Those workmen dismantling the
pews probably find the same
thing holding up those fancy
pews or those simple pews,
chewing gum. There seems to be
a lot of chewing gum stuck on
the bottoms of pews. 1 guess that
is what holds many of them to-
gether. The congregation that
chews gum together stays seated
together. And, as usual, there
as P. E. teacher, Tammie Mon-
zingo, music; Mary Lou Elkins,
remedial reading; Karen Bennie,
Speech therapist; Beverly Briley,
special services; Mona Henry,
special services, and Mary Ann
Chancellor, ungraded class.
Greg DeAnda was renewed as bi-
In the Middle School, Princi-
pal Dan Shaefer recommended
the following teachers for re-
newal: Sylva Adrian, Kathy Kel-
ly, Rita Dell Harris, Judy Luxton,
Perri Clark. Susijac Settle, Linda
Blaydes, Marjorie Russell, Ray
Solomon, Kristi Copeland, Char-
lene Burleson, and Susan Doan.
At the high school. Principal
Richard McReavy recommend-
ed Larry Cole, Lorenzo Florez,
Jerry Floyd, Jack Harris, John-
nie Hickman, Steve Moore, Pa-
tricia Rowland, Glenn Standly,
Mary Tatum, Lisa Taylor, Ron
Taylor, James Terrell, Susan
Thorn, Deanne Vance, Sandra
Walker, Carolyn White. Clinton
White, Elaine Williams, and Ter-
In later action, the board
accepted the resignation of John-
nie Hickman who will retire at
the end of the school year.
was probably not as much gum
on the front row as on those
row s further back.
A church pew must be built to
be many things to many people.
They should be very substantial
and strong. They must be able to
w ithstand the blasting effects of
a fiery sermon from time to time
and they should be strong
enough to hold heavy hearts in
times of sorrow. A church pew
should be resiliant enough to last
through a couple of generations
of children but at the same time
it should be soft enough to cradle
Church pews in all churches
have heard prayers for rain, been
in on numerous weddings, said
goodbye to old friends who sat
in the same place, and welcomed
new converts to their seats. A
good church pew is reassuring
But, like anything else they
must be refurbished from time
to time - renewed if you will - so
they can stand the test of kids,
old friends, fiery sermons, sleep-
ing babies, trials, tribulations,
sadness and happiness. This re-
furbishing - reneweal - is nec-
essary to clean out the bubble
gum, to sand off the rough spots,
to repair nicks and scrapes. Af-
ter the renewal the pews will
shine and be all the more strong
for more of the same treatment
or use to which it is put.
The church pews, like a lot of
us, have seen it all. But, for all
the nicks and scrapes, the pews
can be made to shine again. All
they need is a little re-furbishing
It was good of the preachers to
mention the church pews so 1
could write about a topic I sel-
dom mention. It would be good
if us 'heathens' could be fixed
up and renewed a little after
some of our wear and tear. I
wonder if those preachers have
any suggestions along those
Athletic Director Ronnie Ree-
ger requested the purchase of 50
new football helmets for the high
school and 40 for the middle
school. The board approved the
purchase of the new helmets that
meet all safety requirements
according to national standards.
The board also discussed the
possibility of converting two
stalls of the bus barn into a
weight room and indoor workout
Trustees approved the text-
book selections as recommended
by the school textbook committee
which is composed of teachers
The teachers re-hired were 10
month personnel. Coaches and
other professional personnel
contracts come up at different
Absentee voting is underway
in the April 7 city, school, and
hospital elections at the respec-
tive administrative offices. In
the school race 14 people had
cast absentee votes as of Wed-
nesday afternoon. The school
has two contested races in the
Big Lake District and Stiles Dis-
18 voters had shown interest
in the city council race. The vot-
ers will elect a new mayor and
two council members out of a
field of four.
There have been only 8 ab-
sentee voters in the hospital dis-
trict election. Four candidates
are running for three places on
the hospital board.
Absentee voting will end on
Tuesday, May 3 before the April
up by 10%
The City of Big Lake has re-
ceived a check from the State
Comptroller's office for
$10,840.03 as its sales tax rebate
for the period ending February
27. This amount brings the total
rebates for 1984 to $44,099.62,
up 10.16 percent from last year
at the same time.
Area towns showing increases
over last year include Mertzon
$12,892.29 in 1984, up 16.42 per-
cent; and Sterling City
$11,640.19 for 1984, up 26.98
Cities in this area showing
decreases from last year include
Crane, $25,486.08 in 1984,
down 22.35 percent from last
year; Odessa, $1,937,512.71,
down 6.40 percent; Big Spring,
$363,641.90, down 20.90 per-
cent; Midland, $1,934,322.68,
down 3.19 percent; Eldorado,
$12,432.08, down 44.16 percent;
Sonora, $56,909.82, down 14.33
percent; San Angelo,
$1,283,781.53, down 6.06 per
cent; McCamey, $27,269.86,
down 1.07 percent; and Rankin,
$10,261.11, down 13.50 percent.
This past Saturday the Rea-
gan County High School Band
received a Superior Rating at
U.I.L. Concert Contest in Cole-
man, Texas. Three judges eval-
uated the band with unanimous
First Division (Superior) ratings.
The band performed three
songs lor the judges to evaluate.
Included in the concert were:
"March to Nowhere" by V. Nely-
bcl, 'Cliff Island Suite" by R.
J. W. Johnson, Jr., has an-
nounced he is a candidate for the
office of District Attorney, 112th
Judicial District. J. W. is a na-
tive West-Texan, raised in Bal-
linger and San Angelo, Texas.
He attended Central High School
in San Angelo, Texas. Upon
graduation of his class in 1969 he
joined the U. S. Army.
His first year in the military
was spent in various training
schools, Basic, Infantry Train-
ing, and Infantry Officer Candi-
date School. Upon completion of
his military trianing he was as-
signed to Ft. Lewis, Washington
as a training instructor, and was
then assigned to the 1st Infantry
Division in Augsburg, Germany,
where he completed his tour of
While in the military he met
Clara (Betsy) Currie, of Seattle,
Washington, and they were
married in 1972. On his G. I. Bill
and working various jobs they
went through under-graduate
and graduate school together.
J. W. graduated cum laude
from Southern Methodist Univer-
sity, Dallas, Texas, with a Bache-
lor of Science Degree in 1977.
He majored in Political Science
with a minor in Chemistry and
was on the Dean's Honor Roll
every year. He also received a
Departmental Distinction Award
as the outstanding graduate of
the Political Science Department.
He and his wife, then attend-
ed California Western School of
Law in San Diego, California,
and graduated with honors in
Jager. and "Dorian Festival" by
Band Directors Bob Vetter and
Ricky Kyker stated they were
very proud of the band. Vetter
said, "Of the seventeen bands
that competed, Saturday, only
seven received First Division
for concert. We think the RCHS
band program is on its way up."
Other bands that competed
and their ratings were:
1980. While in law school
received the Dean's Award
J. W. Johnson, Jr.
Reagan County Commission-
ers are getting an early start on
their budget discussions this
year. They spent most of their
meeting Monday reviewing bud-
get requests from department
heads concerning various coun-
ty department operations.
The worksheets indicated little
change in budget requests from
county departments over this
year's budget. The present bud-
get totaled $1,963,038 in com-
bined funds of all departments.
The court is required to have the
new budget prepared and filed in
Class A: Eden-U, Santa-
1, Irion Co.-11, and Goldwaithe-Il.
Class AA: Bangs-111. Wall-111,
Eldorado-1, Junction-Ill. Men-
ard-11, and Mason-1.
Class AAA: Coleman-11,
Ozona-111, Comanche-1, Ballin-
ger-Il, Brady-1, and Sonora-1.
The Reagan County Band is
now preparing for their spring
concert in April and spring con-
cert tour to Dallas in May.
he academic merit and achieve-
for ment, served as President of
Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity,
and was a member of the Appel-
ate Moot Court team, and the
Advocacy Honor's Board. he
also was selected as one of the
best trial advocates of his chool
and represented the school in
National Trial and Moot Court
Upon completion of law school,
he and his wife moved to Sonora,
Texas, and established law offi-
ces in Sonora and Eldorado, Tex-
as. He is currently serving as
County Attorney of Sutton Coun-
ty, Texas. He and his wife have
one child, Jana, who is two years
old. J. W.'s other interest con-
sist of oil and gas investments,
ranching, flying, hunting and
fishing, and scuba diving.
the clerk's office by July 15,
1984. The budget year goes into
effect October 1.
No salary requests were pre-
sented by department heads al-
though commissioners did indi-
cate a salary increase was being
studied by them. The court
never came up with salary fig-
ures, but asked the auditor to fig-
ure a percentage increase if a
total dollar figure was asked for.
The court will have more sal-
ary discussions in future commis-
sioners court meetings as well as
other budget considerations.
Glancing around . . .
by david werst
Sonora attorney running for 1 12th district attorney
J.W. Johnson, Jr. seeks post
Court has budget discussions
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Werst, David. The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. 59, No. 14, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 29, 1984, newspaper, March 29, 1984; Big Lake, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth658684/m1/1/: accessed January 17, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Reagan County Library.