The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. 59, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 26, 1984 Page: 1 of 12
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"A Strong Voice for Big Lake and Reagan County"
VOLUME 59 NUMBER 4 BIG LAKE, REAGAN COUNTY, TEXAS JANUARY 26, 1984 (USPS 055-860) 25’
Middle School Math and Science contest partici-
pants include Bottom Row L-R: Adela Soliz, Sherie
Shahan, Eric Bonner, Sheba Minnick, Imanda Rees,
Julie Bray. Back Row L-R: Char Site Cole, Amy El-
kins, Annette Bonner, Larry Turmel, Stacie Beam,
Mark Elkins, and Robby Hooker. Eric Smith, not pic-
Middle school students win
math-science sweepstakes award
On Saturday, Janurv 21, eight
area schools participated in the
Second Annual Reagan County
Math and Science Tournament
For the second year in a row,
Reagan County Middle School
won the Sweepstakes Trophy in
the Junior High Division.
Students competed in Number
Sense, Calculator, and Science.
Sixteen Reagan County Middle
School students participated in
these 3 areas.
In the Number Sense compe-
tition Adela Soli/ took fourth in
the Seventh Grade Division.
Placing sixth in the 8th Grade
Calculator competition was Char-
lotte Cole and fifth place honors
went to Amy Elkins.
In the Science Division RCMS
students took 7 of the 12 awards
presented. In the 7th Grade
Division, first place went to
Sherri Shahan. The second place
medal went to Amanda Rees.
Eric Bonner took home a fourth
place ribbon and the fifth place
ribbon was won bv Stacie Beam.
The 3 RCMS 8th Graders com-
peting took the top 3 places.
The Gold Medal was pre-
sented to Annette Bonner. She
scored 189 points on the test.
Finishing just 2 points out of
first was Larry Turntel. His score
of 187 captured him the second
place Silver Medal. Eric Smith' s
score oY 143 took the third place
U.I.L. math and science stu-
dents are looking forward to the
Fort Stockton meet on February
11 and the Crane meet on March
County Commissioners will cut
Justice of Peace precincts to two
Reagan State Bank announces
promotions of three employees
Following action at their last
board meeting, directors of Rea-
gan State Bank announce the
promotion of tfiree employees.
The bank promoted Nancy Rat-
liff to Executive Assistant. Mrs.
Ratliff is a six year bank employ-
ee and has been with the bank
since 1978. Executive Vice-Pres-
ident Curtis Skelton was elected
to the Board of Directors of the
bank. Skelton has been with the
bank since 1978.
H. Wayne Smith was named
Chairman of the Board of Direc-
tors in addition to his duties as
president. Smith came to Rea-
gan State Bank in March of 1975
and held the position of Execu-
tive Vice-President from 1975 to
1980. He was named president
of Reagan State Bank in 1981
and was instrumental in the pur-
chase of Reagan State Bank from
Louis Rochester in 1983.
The current Board of Direc-
tors is made up entirely of local
individuals. In addition to chair-
man of the board. H Wavne
Smith, the board incudes John
Daugherty, Sam Mann, R. L.
McKinney. D. D. Poynor, Jr.,
Bill Schneemann, Tim Sellman,
and Curtis Skelton.
The board named a twenty
seven member Reagan State
Bank development board. The
development board's purpose is
to interact with the board of
directors to aid in establishing
policies of Reagan State Bank
enabling the bank to become
more sensitive to the needs of the
community and the surrounding
area. The development board
will also recommend to the board
of directors w ays to help improve
the financial services of Reagan
State Bank to the community the
The twenty seven member
development board includes:
Rogelio Barrera, David Bishop,
Tom Bloxom. Rusty Clayton, Joe
Daugherty, Jane Gay, Norman
Guess, Joel Ham, Hayne Hamil-
ton, Mark Henderson, Mikel
Jones, Kenneth Kruse, Joe Lu-
cas. Jimmy Martin, Terry Page,
John D. Poynor, H. F. Ritchie,
Frank Sandel, Terri Schnee-
One person involved in the re-
cent sex offense case involving a
minor has plead guilty, been sen-
tenced to three years in prison,
and has received probation fol-
lowing district court action on
January 18 in Rankin.
In the case of the State of Tex-
as vs. Warren Lee Mitchell on
Wednesday, January 18, Mitch-
ell plead guilty to a charge of
statutory rape. Mitchell plead in
person in open court before
Judge Troy Williams.
After an apparent plea bargain
mann, Lawrence Schwertner,
Ken Soles. Jessie Soliz, Floyd M.
Stovall II, Jack Thorn, Jr.,
George Tucker, David Werst,
and Joe White, Jr.
Bank president H. Wayne
Smith said, "Reagan Stale Bank
intends to sen'e our community
and area every way we can and
input from the development
hoard will help us stay on the
right track. The hoard of direc-
tors is looking forward to working
with them. "
The development board will
not be made privy to any confi-
dential information concerning
customer's accounts or finances,
or any confidential business a
customer may have with the
agreement between District At-
torney Aubrey Edwards and
Mitchell's defense attorney, the
court found that Mitchell was
guilty as confessed to the offense
of statutory rape and was senten-
ced to 3 years, probated for 3
Mitchell was orderd to pay
$97.00 court costs, restitution of
$150.00, and received no fine.
The judgement was signed by
District Judge Troy Williams,
acknowledged by Mitchell and
his defense attorney, Kathryn
Probation is given
in sex offense case
Reagan County Commission-
ers took formal action on a pre-
viously discussed subject Mon-
day when they voted to initiate
action to cut the number of
Justice of Peace Precincts in Rea-
gan County from four to two.
The court's action is in accord-
ance with a recent constitutional
amendment that allows counties
with populations of less than
30,000 to have fewer than four
Justices of the Peace.
The court voted to combine the
present Justice Precincts 1 and
4 and 2 and 3 so two JP's could
serve the county instead of
four. The court will start action
on their decision by gathering
pertinent data and information
and will present all informa-
tion on the action to the U.S. De-
partment of Justice for preclear-
At their previous meeti me
court decided that county road
employees should not be author-
ized to purchase supplies from
out of county salesmen *hat
any supplies that cannot be pur-
chased locally be authorized by
a county commissioner before
purchase. The action was taken
by commissioners to discourage
The court gave approval to
an amended easement granted to
the City of Big Lake to include
the water lines next to the city
water tower. The City of Big
Lake designated the location of
the lines. The court also desig-
nated Reagan State Bank as the
county depository for Reagan
County funds. The court author-
ized Judge Sandel to accept the
contract when some minor chan-
ges had been made.
By law, the commissioners
and his horse, Rojo Dude are pictured in front of
the historic Stiles Courthouse.
Gary Dennis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Don Dennis
of Stiles had the Champion Gelding in the 52nd
Annual Reagan County 4-H Livestock Show. Gary
court has to appoint a salary
grievance committee. The com-
mittee is composed of five county
officers and four public mem-
ber:. The following committee
was selected County Judge
Frank Sandel, Sheriff Vick At-
wood, County Attorney Jack
Schulze, Treasurer Flora Mae
McIntyre, County Clerk Hazel
Carr, Tax Assessor-Collector
Christine Gardner, plus four
members selected from the
previous years grand jury lists.
They include Stanley C. Grote,
Charles Beaird. Betty Goodloe,
and Wade Daugherty subject to
their w illingness to serve.
Owls win Two from
Farmer announces for constable
Jimmy Farmer this week auth-
orized The Big Lake Wildcat to
announce his candidacy for elec-
tion to Constable, Precinct 2. His
election will be subject to the
the Democratic Primary May 5,
Farmer has lived in Big Lake
for four years and is associated
with Glasscock Chevrolet and
has investments in oil and gas.
He is married and he and his
wife Sharon have two children,
Jennifer a 7th grader, and Tony
a 4th grader. He is a member of
Reagan County Lions Club and
First Baptist Church.
Farmer said "I realize this is
not a paying job. hut / have time
to spend in this elected position
and will sen’e to help better the
community. I sincerely solicit
the vote and support of the peop-
le of Reagan County. "
Reagan County Owls defeat-
ed the McCamey Badgers, 55-48,
here Tuesday night to end the
first half of district play. The
Owls are tied with Wall, each
having a 4-1 district record. Mc-
Camey is 3-2 in district play, El-
dorado 2-3, Stanton 2-3, and
Bubba Havis led the Owls' w in
over McCamey with 14 points.
David McBee had 11 poionts,
Timothy Thompson 10 points,
James Marrow 9, Kelly Evans 7,
and Howard Williams 4. Tim
Welling was high for the Badgers
with 17 points.
Last Friday night, the Owls
defeated Stanton, 57-45, in a
home game. Howard Williams
led the Owls with 16 points.
Thompson and McBee hit 10
each, Marrow had 6, Evans 4,
Havis, Lannie Baggett, and
Mitch Woodard, 3 each; and Jeff
Garner 2. Darren Hagen led
Stanton w ith 13 points.
Reagan County Owls girls var-
sity defeated McCamey, 76-39,
here Tuesday night to put the
Owls 1-0 in the second half of
district play. Sheila Sellman led
the Owls with 29 points. Leslie
Gooch followed with 17 points
and Jackie King hit 12 points.
Other Owls scoring were Shelley
Bitner 8 points, J'Lee Havis 4
points, Connie Aguilar 2, Cyn-
thia Reyes 2, and Isabel Portales
Last Friday night here, the
Owls defeated Stanton, 58-41.
Gooch was high for the Owls with
21 points. Sellman had 13
points, Bitner 9, King 7, Havis 4,
Aguilar 2, and Michell Martin
The Owls ended the first half
of district play last Friday night
with a 3-2 record. They tied for
second place with Eldorado w hile
Wall won the first half. The Owls
lost to Wall and McCamey in the
first half and are now off to a
good start in second half district
play with the win over McCamey
Tuesday night. If the Owl girls
win first in the second half they
will be in the playoffs. If they
place second by themselves they
will be in the playoffs.
Friday night both RCHS boys
and girls travel to Wall for crucial
games in determining the district
winner and playoff representa-
tives. A large crowd of Big Lake
fans are expected to follow the
teams. Both A and B teams will
be playing. Game times are
3:30, 4:30, 6:00, and 7:30 p.m.
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Werst, David. The Big Lake Wildcat (Big Lake, Tex.), Vol. 59, No. 4, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 26, 1984, newspaper, January 26, 1984; Big Lake, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth660419/m1/1/: accessed October 25, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Reagan County Library.