April 22nd~Year 7, No 15

Golf Wins District and Advances to Regionals

              The Nazareth golf team won first in district and advanced to regionals at Lake Ridge Country Club in Lubbock. The participants included seniors, Trey Waldo and Tommy Russell, junior, Tyler Ramsey, and freshmen, Traytan McLain, Ali Carson, Riley Durbin, and Natalie Schulte. Five of these seven golfers advanced to regionals and placed 6th as a team. Waldo scored a 121, Russell scored a 108, Ramsey scored a 116, and McLain scored a 91. “Going into district, we only had one goal and that was to go to regionals,” Russell said. “When we heard we were going to be in a playoff with Amherst for first, we figured why not just win district while we’re at it. After we won, we began to practice even more than before, and it really helped at regionals because we cut off sixty strokes from our team score at district.”

Swiftette Nation and Community of Nazareth:


Nazareth ISD will proudly display DEFEND—A Tribute to the 20 Swiftette State Championships in the school cafeteria during German Fest on July 11.  We will use this event to take inventory of all the trophies and hopefully work on a way to display ALL the State Championship Trophies earned by the Swiftettes and Swifts in the new gym. 

The initial DEFEND Tribute plan is to set up at least 1 table for each Swiftette State Championship & State Qualifer year.  While the school can provide the hardware (trophies), we need YOUR help to highlight the team with newspaper clippings, pictures, memorabilia, etc.  It is my hope that individuals (players, parents, etc.) will take a designated year and OWN the table so visiting patrons will have lots of history and pictures to see and read as they walk down memory lane.  OWNING a table means you will set up the display using trophies, pictures, newspaper clippings, and memorabilia you have or can get from family/friends.  If space allows, we will also use the stage to highlight the accomplishments of the Swifts while we inventory all our trophies.

Coach Eric Schilling, Mrs. Brenda Schulte, Mrs. Jeanie Birkenfeld, and Coach Nathan Branum are part of the initial planning committee.  For anyone able to attend our planning meeting, it will be held in the cafeteria on Thursday, April 30, 20 at 7:00 PM.

Christena Stepans and Dr. Phillip Pope

Christena Stepans and Dr. Phillip Pope

              Christena Stephens, Nazareth History Apprentice, spoke at Amarillo College on Friday, April 10th, at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the West Texas Historical Association on the topic of “Learning History from the Records of Holy Family Cemetery, Nazareth”.  Dr. Philip Pope of Texas Tech University listens.

Death of Castro County Leader Affects Many.obit

Vic Nelson, successful farmer and businessman of our county, was an ideal area leader involved in many local coops and boards such as Dimmitt Agri., Hart Producers Coop, Olton Grain Coop, Ag Producers Coop and High Plains Water District. Also, Vic was involved in stock-shows, 4H and FFA.

Vic was born July 12, 1953 in Tulia, Texas to David and Shirley Nelson. Vic was a lifelong resident of Castro County. He married Dana Harman on January 12, 1973. He loved watching his grandkids play basketball and soccer; enjoyed traveling, scuba diving, eating, fishing and jeep riding.

Vic Nelson, 61, died on Sunday, April 19, 2015 in Dimmitt. Funeral services will be Thursday, April 23, 2015 at the First Baptist Church of Hart at 10:00 AM with Rev Tom Long and Mr. James Jones officiating, burial to follow at Hart Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Colonial Funeral Home of Dimmitt. Family visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00-7:00PM at the Colonial funeral home.

He is survived by his wife Dana Nelson of Dimmitt, two sons Brian Nelson and his wife Christy of Canyon and Brady Nelson and his wife Ann of Nazareth, his mother Shirley Nelson of Hart; two sisters Cathy Garner and Lisa Kiernan. Six grandchildren: Brittany Nelson-Garnett, Braden Nelson, Berkley Albracht, Maggie Nelson, Mary Nelson and Miles Nelson and a host of nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Naz News:


1) The Nazareth ISD Art Club Spring Fundraiser is on Sunday, April 26th, at the Home Merc Building from 6:00 p.m. until the end of the Community Music Recital. The Art Club will be holding a silent auction of artwork created by our club members.  This auction will serve as our fundraiser for our art tip to Oklahoma City in May.  As previously announced, the Community Music Recital begins at 7 p.m. and guest performances are sought — contact Carolyn Evers at carolyne1914@live.com.  

2) Olen Schulte Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser — Saturday, May 2, starting at 2 p.m. and going through the afternoon and evening in the Nazareth Community Hall with a complete Steak Dinner served after all cheer the results of the Kentucky Derby.  Also, the afternoon and evening will have a Silent Auction and have a contest of the Best Kentucky Derby Hat.  For donating Silent Auction items, please contact Beverly Schulte, and if you want to bring a dessert contact Cindy Huseman.  Many more races will be televised after the supper and the whole event is by means of a LOVE DONATION to the Scholarship Fund for young folks who have participate in Stock Shows.  

3) May Queen, Amanda Kleman, invites all to the Annual May Crowning ceremony and Mass on May 3, Sunday, at 3:00 p.m.  That weekend, Holy Family Church, will change Sunday Mass schedule: No evening Mass  on Saturday, May 2, with two services on Sunday, May 3rd, 9:15 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (Mayu Crowning and Youth Mass)

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