February 24, 2016 ~ Year 7, No. 116


The past couple of weeks have been filled with many livestock shows that have kept students travelling long distances. The two most recent ones have been in San Angelo and San Antonio.

On the first day of the San Angelo Barrow Show, four students placed in the top ten. Jett Ramaekers placed 10th with his Hamp barrow, and Tucker Huseman placed 6th with his Hamp barrow. Kyanne Dunn and Grace Huseman both exhibited their cross barrows. Kyanne placed 4th and Grace placed 10th.

Later in the show, Briana Huseman placed 10th with her BOPB barrow, Kyanne Dunn placed 5th with her Duroc barrow, and Grace Huseman placed 4th with her BOPB barrow.

Two students, Faithe Huseman and Bradyn Bullard, placed high enough to make the sale. Faithe won first with her BOPB barrow, and Bradyn earned 2nd with his Duroc barrow.

The San Antonio Show is currently taking place, and many students have already been successful. In the heifer show, Brett Young placed 9th and Will Young placed 8th.

Riley Ramaekers showed her Hamp barrow to 9th place, and Garrison Kleman placed 8th with his Poland. Other students who placed and made the sale include Faithe Huseman, who placed 3rd with her Spot barrow, Kyanne Dunn with her 4th place Hamp barrow, and Hydie Dyer who placed 4th with her cross barrow.

Bradyn Bullard won a special recognition with his Poland. He placed first and went on to win Breed Champion which placed him in the sale and also gave him a $10,000 scholarship.

Congratulations to all of these students!!

Picture1Bradyn Bullard


With playoff season starting, both the Swift and Swiftette basketball teams are faced with tougher competition than before.

The Swiftettes, being a week ahead of the boys’ season, are already headed to the regional tournament in Levelland this weekend. In their Area game last Friday against Silverton, they started off the playoff run in the right way scoring 74 points and holding the Lady Owls to only 23. That win placed them in the regional quarter finals against Valley on Tuesday. They defeated the Lady Patriots 63-36. The team will meet Paducah on Friday at 1:00 and hopefully advance to the finals on Saturday for a chance to earn their ticket to the state tournament in San Antonio.

Despite their loss in the practice game last Saturday against Clarendon, the Swifts are ready to make their playoff run as well. The team will play for the Area championship on Thursday against Darrozett in Stinnett at 6:30.


Swiftettes after beating Silverton (top) and Valley (bottom)


Earlier Road Preceded Highway 86 through Nazareth

Before the state and national highway system were established in the first quarter of the 20th century, several private highways systems developed, and one of them ran through the Nazareth community, as indicated by this inscription on the State Archeological Landmark sign for the obelisk at Tampico, located on Texas Highway 86 between Estelline and Turkey (featured in the photo):

“In 1913, William Hope “Coin” Harvey, who operated a resort in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, founded the Ozark Trail Association as a private highway organization.  Several Texas and New Mexico counties joined the effort, and the line went diagonally from St. Louis, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  As part of Harvey’s plan, stops along the way featured white obelisks denoting, in the official Ozark Trail lettering, town names, as well as directions and distances to other towns.  The central Ozark route passed across Wellington, TX, and a second southern route was built through the communities of Childress, Estelline, Tampico, Turkey, Quitaque, Silverton, Tulia, Nazareth, and Dimmitt.  J.E. Swepston of Tulia, elected Ozark Trail Association president in 1920, was instrumental in having the striking road markers placed in this area…In 1924, however, with a government initiative to enact a national road-numbering system, the Ozark Trails and other private highways were abandoned or absorbed into the national road system.”

Besides the Tampico structure, you can still find beautiful obelisks marking the Ozark Trail on the Courthouse Squares in Dimmitt and Tulia, TX. Nazareth had an Trail obelisk as well, and it can be seen in at least one old photo that Bud Kern had.  It was located at the intersection of Second and Leo Streets, until it was removed, perhaps in the 1940s.

Picture4Ozark Trail obelisk at Tampico in Hall County, TX…83 miles east of Nazareth!

The Nazareth Community Hall committee was recently presented with a check from the Wilber Ellis Company out of Hart to assist with the future renovation project of the hall kitchen.

Presenting the check was Hart location Manager, Gregg Gerber. Committee members who received the check include Kandal Wethington, Judy Kleman, Alan and Heather Birkenfeld, as well as Bradley Gerber. The committee is currently applying for additional grants from various foundations.


Tuesday, March 2nd

3:00—7:00 p.m.

Nazareth Community Hall

Photo ID or Donor ID Card required.

Must be at least 17 years old.

16 year olds may donate with signed parental consent.

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