November 25th, Year 7, No.46



Ten guys from Nazareth gathered for the inaugural Men’s Cooking Night at the Community Hall kitchen on November 18th sponsored by the Home Mercantile. Under the instruction of local grillmeister Mac Annen, everyone took a turn at making some part of a meal consisting of a Caprese salad (sliced mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil), a side of fresh asparagus, and then the “pis de resistance”…baked pork chops! It was a great evening of eating, merriment, and learning, of course. Another Men’s Cooking Night will be announced in the future, so please let Kyle Birkenfeld know if you want to get on board for the next time.




     Texas A&M Agrlife Extension Service/4-H was able to partnership with the Molina Foundation to support youth literacy across Texas. The Molina Foundation has a mission to reduce disparities in access to education and health with one of the programs being a book grant program to help families have reading books of their own. This partnership allowed Castro County Extension and 4-H to received 400 books targeting pre-school to early teens. Castro County Extension handed out books at the Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce Winterfest during children’s visits to Santa Clause. Felice Acker, Family and Consumer Science agent, and 4-H members, Roxanne Wilhelm, Lexi Huseman, and Spencer Acker handed out books to the children.


On Sunday, Nov. 22, nearly 500 people lined up for the traditional Turkey Thanksgiving Dinner, hosted by the Christian Mothers Society at the Nazareth Community Hall. Along with Raffle also held in the Hall, there was an Arts and Crafts Sale going on at the School cafeteria, sponsored by the Nazareth Art Club.




Anna Huseman and proud father Paul Huseman pose after Anna received her 4-H Gold Star Award at the District 2 banquet on Tuesday.


Several  FFA members competed at the Area LDE competitions in Canyon on Saturday morning for a chance to advance to state. Despite competing against all classifications of schools, the Nazareth students competed very well.

Senior Quiz placed 4th with Roxanne Wilhelm, Morgan Nelson, Faithe Huseman, Garrison Kleman, and Riley Durbin. Greenhand Quiz placed 10th with Blakley Gerber, Hallie Kleman, Chandler Schulte, Bryson High, and Emily Heitschmidt. Greenhand Skills placed 8th with Kim Chavera, Jacob Moroney, Dylan Howell, and Kristi McAlister. Garrison Kleman placed 7th in Senior Creed. Radio placed 7th with Hannah Leavitt, Lexy Ethridge, Megan Pierson, and Alee Christian.

Congratulations to the students for all of their hard work and success!





First of all, we would like to thank the American Legion for giving us the privilege to attend Boys’ State. After two plane rides and the ride on the van shuttle we finally arrived on the University of Texas campus where we were given our city names, Goens and Gibson. After we were assigned our rooms, we had our first town meeting. This is where I, Rigo, tried to get elected as the constable of my city. I, Troy, also tried to get elected for Olympiad, sheriff, and constable but only received the title of constable of my city. For the rest of the week, we participated in a mock government to see how our government really works. We listened to countless speeches and voted for who was going to be put into office. During our free time, we had the opportunity to play football, basketball, and dodgeball. I, Troy, participated in basketball and my team made it to the semifinals before we were eliminated. I, Rigo, participated in every sport. My football team did not have much success, and neither did my dodgeball team. But my basketball team had four straight wins until we were beat out. Thursday afternoon we had the privilege to march to the Capitol. It was a mile away, and for twenty minutes we sang the Texas Boys’ State song. When we arrived at the capitol, the let us tour it for about an hour before we had to attend a meeting to see what laws were going to be passed. We both learned that we should appreciate our veterans for what they sacrificed for this great country. To the junior boys, we highly recommend that you attend next year’s Boys State.



     The end of football season marks the beginning of an exciting basketball season for the Nazareth Swifts and Swiftettes.

The Swiftettes have had three games against Amarillo High, Canyon Randall, and Abernathy with their two losses to the 5A and 6A schools.

The Swifts has a scrimmage against Smyer on Friday, and their first real game was on Tuesday against Abernathy with a loss of only two.

With basketball also comes Naz Stars. The Kindergarten through 5th grade had their first performance on Friday as well.



Betty Jean King, 87, of Hart died Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 with Celebration of Life services at First Baptist Church in Hart. Best known here in Nazareth as Matt King’s mother, and Melanie and Tommy’s grandmother, she was born Sept. 29, 1928, in Plainview, married Dub King on Nov. 28, 1946 — making their marriage a blessed 69 years. Her loved family include: husband, “Dub” King; sons, Kelly and Matt King; daughters, Becky Smith and Teri Gruhlkey; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be to Runningwater Draw Care Center P.O. Box 409 Olton, TX 79064.



Ogallala Commons’ 10th Annual Youth Entrepreneur Fair, will be held at the Cole Community Center in Canyon, TX (300 16th St.), on ThursdayFebruary 25, 2016 from 8am-2pm.  Students interested in entering the E-Fair will need to craft a 6-8 page Business Portfolio, according to the directions that are laid out in the OC Young Entrepreneur’s Handbook (Contact Darryl Birkenfeld to get a PDF).  $5,000 of prize money will be awarded at the Fair ($1,000, $750, and $500 in the “ready to go” and the “conceptual” categories)!  Also, anyone who successfully enters and participates in the Fair has something highly valuable to list on their scholarship applications and personal resume.  Individuals or teams must have their Business Portfolios submitted by Friday, February 5th (for more information, email







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