April 30th~Year 6, No.30

Brockman Retires After 26 Year Run As Mayor

The City of Nazareth held a come and go retirement party for Mayor Ralph Brockman on Friday April 25th at the Home Mercantile Building. He had been city mayor for 26 years and elected to retire and not run for reelection in May. There have only been 5 mayors before him and 17 city commissioners since the city was incorporated in 1973.  Around 100 people came by to bring cards and say thank you for all his years of service. The city presented Ralph with a watch at the party.  He thanked the City council and the city employees for all their help during all these years. Brockman is married to Sharon and they have six children and 14 grandchildren. He was also employed by Germania Insurance until his retirement a year ago.

He explains that originally he was elected as a write-in candidate with just two votes.

He explains his job by saying: “The best part of being mayor is getting things done in the town to improve it. Last year we drilled new wells so we’ll have water for the future, we’re redoing our streets and we’re trying to get new water lines. The hard part is when you live in a small town, you’re related to everybody. You’re not going to make everybody happy, and (laughing) some people may be your relatives.”

ralph brockman

Ralph Brockman. Nazareth Mayor for 26 Years Retires


Nazareth FFA Thrives on the Competition

The Nazareth FFA High School Livestock Judging Team left Tuesday for state competition in College Station.  In the past few days, the team along with other FFA members have done well in regional competitions.  Here are some of the results: Senior livestock judging results from district 4H contest: Naz Team won 
7th in sheep and goats, 6th in swine, 4th in beef, 3rd in reasons, and a 4th place overall. Some team members rsults were: Kaden Hatla winning a 5th overall, 7th in reasons, 
9th in beef
, 7th in swine, and 10th in sheep and goats; with Mason Kleman
 claiming a 10th in reasons.  Congrats are overdue to Kaden Hatla, for winning the Reserve Grand premier exhibitor at Denver stock show. This included Showmanship, placing, test, speech, answering questions about the industry, and the carcass contest.

stock judging team

The Nazareth FFA high school livestock judging team ready to leave for State Competition. 

District 4-H results are in from Texas Tech: Naz Junior team 4th overall; Intermediate team a 5th overall; and the Sr team a 4th overall. 
 was 5th high individual. Kaden Hatla

Horse team results from state were also impressive with a 5th in the state out of 538 teams

Team members:
Brenna Braddock placed 8th high individual, along with team members Payton Robb, Lane Birkenfeld, Zoe Bieringer, Treva Ramsey, Hannah Leavitt.

Texas Tech State contest results: Cotton judging:
2nd in district
8th in area
22nd in state

Team members:
Kamber Higgins 18th high ind.
Alicia Kay Straley
 Taylor Damron
 Luis-Miguel Franco

Texas Tech state contest results in other areas were: Ag communications:
3rd in district, 7th in area,
23rd in state

Team members
 were Morgan Nelson, 
Lexi Huseman,
 Bryce Betzen, and
Roxanne Wilhelm

Livestock judging results at the district 4H contest Saturday, resulted in: Naz Junior team
winning1st in beef, 8th in sheep and goats,
7th in swine and 4th overall. Team members:
Alyssa Montreal 7th high individual, Grady Mcallister 8th in beef, along with Dayson Schacher and Jaydon High

Intermediate team
won 4th in swine,
6th in beef,
8th in sheep and goats, and 5th overall.  Team members:
Marissa Montreal with an 8th in swine, along with
 Bryson High,
Molly Johnson,
and Kristie McAllister.  Congrats y’all and good luck down state now!


The FCC has issued a FM license for an English-language Catholic-oriented radio broadcasting station for Nazareth, KHFN, and another in the Spanish-language for Hart area, KSJN.  The reception area is a 30-mile radius from the tower at KBG feedlot east of Nazareth.  The Knights of Columbus of the Amarillo Diocese are raising funds for this project and also to help pay down the debt for setting up the St. Valentine Radio, 1360 AM.  The groups backing the stations seek to raise $25,000 before June 1st so that a matching grant will also apply.

A Raffle is being held to help raise some of the funds and the winning prizes given away June 6 to the 27th on radio, consist of: 1) Guided Pheasant Hunt with a hunting rifle, YETI ice chest; 2) Guided Pheasant Hunt and 12 gauge shotgun, and a YETI ice chest; 3) A get-away adventure in Ojo Caliente Resort near Taos, NM $1,000 gift certificate, $200 gift card; and 4) A Tiernan Solaire Infrared Grill.

The $25 apiece donation (or five for $100) may be obtained after Masses at Holy Family Church, from members of the K of C, and Tuesday Prayer group, or call Glenn Ramaekers at 627-7273 or Ronnie Hoelting at 647-6549.


THE 70TH ANNUAL MAY CROWNING takes place on Sunday, May 4th, at 3:00 p.m. in Holy Family Church, Nazareth, with Kyla Acker, Senior at NISD, as Queen crowning the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  More than 4 dozen past queens as early as 1946 will be joining in the celebration that will also be followed by a community meal in the Hall and a youth ministry farewell to the Senior Class members.


Deacon Bob Birkenfeld led the Way of the Cross on Good Friday 2014 in an outdoor presentation and prayer.




Naz Directory

Nearly 300 families in the Greater Nazareth area have joined in putting out a community pictorial directory for keeping us all in greater communication and unity.  Along with photographs of the community, school, church, and local businesses, the edition also has a section with family thumbnail histories.  All who have portraits get a copy and then others may purchase them for $10 by contacting Mary Beth Gerber at 945-2297, or coming by the Church Office.


Water and Food Issues Concern Us All – Prayers for Rain Continue

Recent articles in area newspapers should call us all to attention about the issues of water for us all and food for the economically-hurting. Drought conditions are hurting both issues.

Lockney, a town southeast of us, gives us a wake-up call. It recently hit a water crisis since the receive 25% of their water from Lake Mackenzie Water Authority which had a shut-down for some time.  Lockney is one of 48 Texas water systems with 180 days or fewer left of water.  Lubbock’s Lake Alan Henry has shrunk nearly 40 percent in the lingering drought.  Higher water rates are going upward to fund new well projects, such as Lockney’s  $1.6 million planned well, even if property near town can yield a good well. There are more than 30 water systems across the state in danger of running out of water within 90 days and 25% of those are around us. Lake Mackenzie is half the reservoir it once was, with only a 5 percent of capacity at this time.  “When the pump goes down, we go out of business,” Dean Johnson, Mackenzie Municipal Water Authority general manager, said of the pump. “We’re on the last days of pumping,”Johnson said. Even with Nazareth’s newest wells now operating, water remains a critical issue.  Many families do water harvesting but the drought has hurt this.  Holy Family Church implemented water rationing on the cemetery along with a plan for building rain harvesting off church roofs – but drought harvests nothing.

In regard to the issue of hunger in our area, a recent study indicated that Food insecurity continues to remain high in the 29 area counties, according to a new study. The study shows Hall County has the highest percentage of residents who don’t get enough food in the Texas Panhandle — 20.1 percent for the general population and 32.9 percent for children. The newly released data shows 15.8 percent of people in our area are food insecure, of which 32,250 are children. The study shows that one in four children are at risk of food insecurity. Churches in Dimmitt are now working to staff a Food Pantry there, and new overtures have been made to the Tulia Food-Bank to study the feasibility of Holy Family Church in Nazareth hosting a food-pantry.








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