February 12th~Year 6, No. 20



Cindy Peterson

Swift Kicks continues interviews with newcomers to NISD faculty and staff.

SK: Please tell us a little about yourself, your family, and where you are from?

Cindy: My husband, Gary, and I both grew up in Hale Center and have been married for 34 years.  We recently came here from Farwell, where we lived for 27 years.

However, his job with Capital Farm Credit brought us here since it covers Dimmitt, Hart, and Tulia.  I worked for the Farwell School system for 18 years in the business office, and before that for 6 years as an education aide.  We have three children, Clint, living in Hale Center and teaching Science in Plainview; he and his wife, Laura have two sons, Jay and Eli.  Then there is our daughter, Leesa, who has one daughter, Claire, and she and her husband, Danny are expecting another daughter very soon –– already named, Hannah.  Our other son, Dan, lives in Lubbock and is a music artist (Note: Google search described him as “critically acclaimed jazz guitarist”)

SK: What college did you attend?    Cindy: Texas Tech in Lubbock.

SK: Do you have any hobbies?        Cindy: Yes, I love reading – just about in any area of fiction – and, maybe because of my son, the musician, I’ve come to enjoy listening to music and attending performances when possible.

SK: How do you feel about coming to NISD?

Cindy: I’ve been on the job now since January 6th and everyone is wonderfully welcoming and very helpful in getting me situated.  I’m excited about being here and I feel right at home.

SK: What’s a personal goal you’ve set for yourself in this coming year?

Cindy: My goal is quite pragmatic — do it now and do it well.


On Saturday, February 8th, parking at Nazareth Community Center bulged to over-capacity as nearly four hundred people from Castro County joined the “Steak-Out Benefit” by the Knights of Columbus of Nazareth to help with the medical expenses of Tommy Russell, son of Debbie and Matt King.  The event raised Around $21,000 and the Knights offer their deepest appreciation to all who attended and made donations.

The Knights provided the food and cooking, while having the help of the Holy Family Youth Group waiting tables, Christian Mothers Society providing desserts, and Mary Lou Schmucker & LaDawn Schulte coordinating Silent Auction. 80 items auctioned, each bringing generous offers.

     Wonderfully, Tommy and his family, Matt, Debbie, and Melanie, were present and overwhelmed by the kindness of so many friends who showed up to give them loving support in this time of medical challenge.

K of C cooks

Knights Brian Ramaekers, Dan Gerber, and Art Brockman slave over the hot stove of steaks.

Tommy & Mason

Tommy Russell & Mason Kleman “cut-up” desserts at Dinner


Scouts and Leaders (Front row, L-R:) Reid Backus, Samantha Fulkerson, Adrian Rios, Lily Rios, Michael Fulkerson, John Fulkerson; (Middle row:) Jagala Shaw, Katherine Fulkerson, Lars Schilderink, Ethan Schulte, Tanya Schulte; (Back row:) Angela Fulkerson, Darcy Schulte, Mike Schilderink, and Bruce Schulte

Scouts in Nazareth celebrated Appreciation Sunday on February 9th at Holy Family Church, as well as honored three Cub Scouts and two Brownie Scouts with special religious medals.

Nazareth Boy Scout Troop 265, Cub Scout Pack 265, Girl Scout Troop 5362, and Brownie Troop 5145, along with their leaders, marched into Holy Family Church with honor guard and flags, to be recognized by Fr. Ken Keller, Pastor, for their efforts in community improvement and the growth of each scout.  Receiving the Light of Christ award were Cub Scouts Reid Backus, Adrian Rios, and Michael Fulkerson, while Brownie Scouts Lily Rios and Samantha Fulkerson received Family of God awards.


  logan natalie schulte   Amarillo Dragway  Association, at a banquet in Amarillo on Saturday, February 8th, honored

Junior Drag Racers and awarded the 2nd place Points Trophy for a to Logan Schulte and 4th place Points Trophy to his sister Natalie Schulte.  They are the children of Shelley and Stanley Schulte of Nazareth.

Rest In Peace: Valeria “Sam” Ball Griffin               valeria-griffin-obituary-1

Family members here in Nazareth mourn the death of their sister, Valeria D’Aun Ball Griffin, 66, affectionately called “Sam”, who died February 9th, after “fighting the good fight” against illness”.  Valeria was born August 9, 1947 in Dimmitt to Florence John and Mildred Ann Ball, but lived most of her adult life in Amarillo, where she recently retired as a corrections officer for TDCJ. Her loves were her family, having close times with friends, and enjoying music. She is preceded in death by her parents, a sister Pat Simants, a brother Kirk Ball, and a brother-in-law Dutch “D.K.” Robison — and the love of her life, Kenny Conway.

Survivors include her son, Chad, and his wife, Wende Belyeu, of Umbarger, and her granddaughters, Conner and Katie Belyeu. Her siblings are Odetta Robison of Amarillo, Sharolyn Northcutt of Mullen, NE, Darryl Ball and wife Rose of Nazareth, Twila Williams and husband Chris of Nazareth, Renee Martin and husband Ronnie of Littlefield and Kyle Ball of Nazareth.

Her Memorial Service will be Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 pm at LaGrone Blackburn Shaw, Coulter Road Chapel, Amarillo.


Three NISD Board Seats Up For Election

The Nazareth School Board announces that it is seeking people willing to run for Board membership, however, deadline for filing is very soon – February 28th.  People must live in the NISD district, and the term will be for three years.  See or call Mona Brockman at the school office for more details.

NISD School Calendar:

Tuesday, Feb. 11 – Thursday, 13 – San Antonio Lamb Show

Friday, Feb. 14 – Friday, Feb. 21 – San Antonio Barrow Show

Monday, Feb. 17 – No School

Monday, Feb. 17 – Sun, Feb. 23 – San Antonio Steer Show

Carly Cues: Both of the varsity Swifts’ basketball teams knocked it out of the ballpark against our long-time rivals, the Happy Cowboys, the girls winning with a score of 83-22 and the boys winning with a score of 59-38. The boys went on to beat Channing by 67-29, but the girls lost Saturday’s non-conference game against Lubbock Homeschooled with a score of 47-34.


1. FARM AUCTION SALE of the Knights of the Nazareth Columbus is this Saturday, February 15, during the day — located just north of Nazareth on Hwy 168. Contact Alan Birkenfeld for info at 570-6328.  Please join in for this charity event.

2. 2014 Farm Bill Explained: Dr. Darren Hudson, Larry Combest Agricultural Competitiveness Endowed Chari at Texas Tech will lead us through the ins and outs of the recently passed Farm Bill and how it applies to each of our farm operations:  10 am on February 17th, at the Hart Golden Group on Hwy 194 in Hart, with a lunch provided by Hart Producers Coop Gin, Wilbur Ellis, Brown Insurance.

3. Mike Canon of Midland will speak at Nazareth Senior Citizens on Wednesday, Feb.19th, at 11:30 am.  He is a candidate for Texas state senator running in District 31 against Kel Seliger, the incumbent of Amarillo. If you would like to stay to eat lunch, please call Mitzie Brockman (945-2246), who indicated in her news release that Mr. Canon is endorsed by Texas Right to Life.  Both candidates state in their campaigning websites that they are conservatives.

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