The Stonewall Courier (Aspermont, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 6, 2014 Page: 3 of 6
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THE STONEWALL COURIER | THURSDAY, MARCH 6, 2014 3
The 501 Wilder’s Nature Journal
Obesity pays at the Y Western fence lizard
■ Aor the second time in my life,
1-^ someone’s offering me money to
JL lose weight. I’m thinking about it.
First it was my mother; now it’s the
YMCA. The offer’s the same — a dollar
a pound. But back when Mother made
the offer, the aim was for me to drop 10
pounds to get back to 115.
Ah to see 115 again. Or 125.
The Y is clever. They got my attention.
What’s more, if I lose just
one pound, I get a dollar.
My mother’s offer wasn’t
good unless I lost all 10.1
No, the Y isn’t handing
out money, and I’m not
sure the offer is good
everywhere. Maybe it’s just
HANABA for us fat states. But here’s
MUNN t^ie dealat my
WELCH ^ ^ou ^ose weisht’ theT
_ reduce your monthly
membership fee a dollar for
each pound dropped. If I lose more than
35 pounds, they should be paying me. Fat
But even if I lose just one pound, saving
a dollar a month sounds good. What have
I got to lose? I think I’ll sign up.
Would it work in a similar way for the
government simply to throw money at
childhood obesity? Would the chance
to earn dollars for losing weight be an
incentive for fat kids to lose pounds?
I’m recalling my own teenage self. I
really wanted that 10 dollars. Really. And
I would like to have lost the 10 pounds.
But I didn’t, and 115 remains a memory
achieved on scales now rusting away in a
pile of junk destined for the scrap dealer,
who doesn’t pay a dollar a pound. More
like 9 cents.
Back to today’s obese youngsters. I
suspect our society has grown a bit too
affluent for most kids to be motivated by
the offer of a little folding money to do
anything, weight loss included.
But the more socialized our medical
system, the greater our collective worry
should be that obesity is a growing
problem, pun intended, that will test
the nation’s ability to treat all future
medical problems associated with the
disease. Fm thinking especially of knee
joints, probably because my own would
be happier if I lost weight. Especially my
Think of all the kids whose knees
are already overburdened. They’ll need
replacements at younger ages than
previous generations. If I were a medical
student, I’d be thinking knees.
Meanwhile, maybe schools should be
turning the corners of their playgrounds
into vegetable gardens to let children get
up close and personal with what they
should be eating instead of junk food.
Give each student a row to tend. Teach
them to garden. Grade them. Make
hoeing a sport.
Problem: School and the summer
growing season don’t jibe.
Solution: Let kids stay home in the
winter and go to school through the
summer. Trade the cost of winter heating
Side benefit: Juvenile vandalism would
drop. No graffiti artist likes the chill air
of a winter night, however bright the
Hanaba Munn Welch is a regular contributor
and columnist for Blackburn Media Group
’ve been catching this species of
lizard since I was little. They are
fast, but if you follow them around
a bit, they will tire out and you can
catch them. If the lizard would just stay
still, you would never see it or catch it
because they have great
The Western fence
lizard eats ants and
small insects. I see
them just about year
round, usually in the
shade. Lizards are
reptiles and so are
means they have to
DAHLSTROM regulate their body
temperature with the
sun or by burrowing
down away from the cold.
These lizards have a neat trick they
play on predators that try and eat them
like hawks, bobcats and coyotes. If the
predator only grabs their tail — it will
pop right off in their claw or paw! Kind
From the files of the Stonewall Courier, the
Aspermont Star and the Aspermont News.
The Aspermont Future Farmers participated
in the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. FFA
members, Ken Gardner, Kevin Shadle, Dwayne
Pittcock, Kirk Meador and Steve Yarborough
participated in the Calf Scramble. The Grass
Judging Team consisting of Mike Rimes, Kevin
Shadle, Scott Metcalf and Dwayne Pittcock
were entered in the competition.
Old Glory School 10th Homecoming was
well attended with four hundred registering. Mr.
C. T. Pierce was presented a plaque for being the
Homecoming Outstanding Citizen. Margaret
Carr Camper was selected Coming Home
Queen. Mrs. Anita Vahlenkamp Baldree was
chosen as Homecoming Queen for the 1985
Old Glory Homecoming. The Oldest Student
presented was Kathy Gerloff of Aspermont
who is 96.
The Western fence lizard is commonly seen
sunning on paths, rocks and fence posts.
Belonging to the genus Sceloporus, or spiny
lizards, the adult's ventral abdomen is
characteristically blue and is also known as
a blue-belly lizard.
of like a flag in flag football — the lizard
runs off just fine and grows a new one.
S.J. Dahlstrom is a Garza County resident and
author of the young adult fiction book series
"The Adventures of Wilder Good," based on a
12-year-old boy who enjoys hunting, fishing,
cowboying and just about everything there is
to do outdoors.
Trey Castaneda was one of 12 West Texas
Taekwondo students who participated in
the 8th Annual West Texas Taekwondo
Championship held at Scurry County Coliseum
on Saturday, February 5, 1994.Trey took top
honors in the Boys 11-13 year old Yellow Belt
Division, placing first in the Free-Spar Fighting
Competition. Trey also nabbed a third place
finish in the Forms Competition.
May 13, 2004
Kristi Sterling was honored on Thursday,
April 29,2004 during the Annual Awards Day
Program at Western Texas College in Snyder.
Kristi is an Early Childhood Major and was
selected as an Outstanding Student in her major.
She was presented a certificate of recognition
during the award’s program. She graduated
from Western Texas College on Friday, May
7, 2004 in the campus courtyard. Kristi is the
daughter of Vanessa Sterling of Aspermont.
Compiled by Linda Bradley
GO HORNETS &
A man named Saul, who later became the apostle Paul, was
on the road to Damascus to arrest Christians there. The Lord
Jesus appeared to him in a blinding light and said Saul, Saul
why are you persecuting Me?”
Saul could have answered back, “Whoever you are, I’m not
persecuting you, and I’m persecuting the church he truth
is, however, that when one persecutes the church, he is in
reality persecuting Jesus Christ Himself.
To neglect the church is to neglect Jesus! And to love the
church is to love Jesus!
Is there someone you have been neglecting and who do you
Central Baptist Church
919 S. Washington
Robby Harris, Pastor
SS - 9:45 a,m,
WS - 10:45 a.m.
& 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 6:30 p.m.
137 E. 2nd Street
Greg Goza, Pastor
SS - 9:30 a.m.;
WS - 10:15 a.m.
Wednesday - 7:00 p.m.
F rst United Methodist
6th & Franklin
Jeff Sedberry, Pastor
SS - 9:45 a.m.;
WS - 11:00 a.m.
First Baptist Church.
150 CR 463
Brian Burgess, Pastor
SS - 10:00 a.m.:
WS - 11:00 a.m,
& 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday evening prayer service at
Syl & Jean
Godfrey’s home in Aspermont
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11434 US Hwy 380 West
Mickey Wagoner, Pastor
SS - 9:30 a.m,;
WS - 10:30 a.m.
& 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 7:00 p.m.
Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.
— Matthew 25:40
First Baptist Church
733 N Broadway St,
SS - 9:45 a.m.
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Fax (940) 989-2746
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& 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday - 6:00 p.m.
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Hodgin, Wayne. The Stonewall Courier (Aspermont, Tex.), Vol. 27, No. 5, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 6, 2014, newspaper, March 6, 2014; Childress, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth741337/m1/3/: accessed May 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Stonewall County Library.