September 6, 2016~Year 9, No. 6


“Parade of Heroes” and “The Nazareth Honor Ceremony” began the 75th Annual Labor Day Weekend festivities and fund-raiser on Sunday, September 4th in Nazareth.  The largest parade in recent years had floats, decorated vehicles, candy-cannon, Nazareth School Band and Cheerleaders, as well as a host of First Responders being honored.  Parade winners were the Texas Panhandle Honor Flight, Team Tatum and Cancer Warriors, American Legion and Auxiliary, Baseball Heroes/Naz Lytes, and FFA.

Mayor Marlin Durbin signed proclamations of honor for the Firefighters and the Departments of Castro County EMTs, Emergency Room Nurses, Sheriff and Deputies, DPS and Dimmitt Police. The framed proclamations read in part: “We in Nazareth are grateful for First Responders dedication and appreciate the years of service as they put their lives at risk so we may have a safe, peaceful, and healthy community.”

The weather cooperated beautifully for both dinners, the Grand Trailer Treasures Auction and Cattle Auction, raffles, and games for both adults and kids.  Donated items by locals were awarded to Jesse Acker, Dan Schmucker, Christ Williams, Mary Kleman, Mandy Schilling, Steven Birkenfeld, Dale Wilhelm, Roger Schilling, and Rocky Kay.

The fun was obvious by all groups and the fundraiser success for the parish.  Fr. Ken Keller thanks all the volunteer workers and all the participants in this Diamond Celebration event.

picture1American Legion and Auxilary

picture2Team Tatum and Cancer Warriors

picture3Class of 1981 35th Reunion



Saturday morning on September 3, several Nazareth and other local citizens participated in the first annual Swift Color Run hosted as a fundraiser for the Nazareth High School Cheerleaders.

The 5K event began in front of the Community Hall at 10 a.m. The runners and walkers were immediately greeted with a cloud of blue powder thrown by the cheerleaders and parents. The rest of the course throughout town was stationed with many different color stops.

Over 130 total runners and walkers entered the event in four different divisions with a prize rewarded to the winner of each. The 18 and under division was divided into boys and girls, and the adult division was also split. Shania Schacher won the 18 and under girls division, Brady Robb was the winner in the boys 18 and under division, Tiffany Schulte finished first out of the adult women, and Mike Carson won the adult men division.

picture4The starting line for both runners and walkers

picture5High School runners pose after the race


picture6Kenneth Wagner of Houston, formerly of Nazareth, passed away suddenly on July 30.  Ken was born October 8, 1950 to Lawrence and Winifred (Wilhelm) Wagner.  Ken graduated from Nazareth High School in 1969 and moved to Houston in 1973.  He and his wife, Lynn, were married in Houston in 1977.  Ken worked for NL Baroid for several years before he and Lynn founded a successful precision metal fabrication company.  He was an avid tennis player and sports fan.
Ken was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother and affected his family, his customers and all the other people he knew in many positive ways.  He is survived by his wife Lynn, daughter Jennifer, three grandchildren and two sisters, Linda and Bonni and their families.  He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Lonnie and Jim.  Memorials can be made to Ken’s two favorite charities, Autism Speaks and the American Heart Association.



The annual fundraiser for the Nazareth Education Foundation will be held on the evening of Saturday October 8th in the Community Hall. Social Hour will begin at 6:00p.m. followed by the steak dinner from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  By purchasing a ticket for the event, you not only donate $100 to the school, but you also get two steak dinners and the chance to win $1,500 in a reverse raffle drawing. Anyone not interested in the raffle can still attend the event, socialize with friends, and eat a great steak dinner ($20 for adults and $10 for 12 years & under). A silent auction will also be taking place throughout the evening with various items donated by former students, staff and local businesses and community members.

Last year, the members of the Education Foundation Committee donated $16,000 to Nazareth ISD that was used for educational tools within the district. Proceeds from the last fundraiser helped the school to purchase 57 HP Chromebooks for students in grades 6-8 in addition to new switches that proved the backbone for Internet access and connectivity. For the 2016-2017 school year, the school purchased extra batteries and HP laptops for students in grades 10-12 and 24 new Chromebooks for the 5th grade class.

Technology is an ever-changing area that impacts almost everyone’s daily and work life. To remain current and provide students with a wide array of technology tools to give them the best learning experience, significant money is needed each and every year. The school is extremely thankful for the Education Foundation and all of the hard work that they continually dedicate to the school district.

This year’s event promises to be an evening of fun for a great cause, so come out and enjoy the night to support Nazareth Independent School District. All proceeds will benefit the Nazareth Education Foundation, and the money raised will provide financial assistance to offset the decrease in state funding.

If you are interested in donating to our school by participating in the reverse raffle drawing, please make your $100 donation check payable to

Nazareth Education Foundation and mail to: PO Box 136  Nazareth, TX 79063

A ticket stub will be mailed back to you, or you may contact any of the committee members listed below to purchase a ticket.

Justin and Kandal Wethington 683-8611              Leroy and Jenny Schulte 945-2306

Jordy and Maegan Rowland 570-8751                  Joel and MaryBeth Gerber 945-2297

Mark and Heather McLarty 945-5478                   Ricky and Crystal Backus 945-2253

K’Lynn Gerber 647-6057                                          Wendal Huseman 367-1566

Alan and Heather Birkenfeld 570-6327                 Keith and Kim Birkenfeld 679-9642

Codi and Cassie Cleavinger 240-3384                    Marty and Tisha Gerber 336-8521

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