September 21, 2016 ~ Year 9, No. 8


On Saturday morning, September 17, several cross country runners both junior high and high school competed at the annual Tascosa Rebel Run at John Stiff Park in Amarillo.

Three junior high boys and 10 junior high girls started off the competition, and Kyanne Dunn placed 14th for the girls, with Maggie Nelson in 15th.

Bree Cornett ran in the JV girls division and placed 18th as an individual. For varsity, Caitlin Kleman placed 14th, April Schmucker placed 15th, and Shania Schacher placed 39th. The other team members include Blakely Gerber, Laci Backus, Amy Schilderink and Hallie Kleman, and the team placed fourth in the 1A through 4A division.

The swifts team placed 27th against 1A through 6A teams, and that team consisted of Brady Robb, Slade Gerber, Brayden Dyer, Mike Schilderink, Tate Schulte, and Tristan Nelson.

The runners will compete in Lubbock at Mae Simmons park on Saturday, September 24.

picture2Brady Robb



picture1Dana Stanfield and four of her Nazareth high school students, Lexis Nieves, Leilanni Cordova, Blakely Gerber, and Laci Backus, joined 60 students from Canyon, Tulia, Plainview, and Dimmitt for a group photo at the Youth Engagement Day, conducted by Ogallala Commons at West Texas A&M University on September 15th.  Those attending the event received an invitation to consider returning to their hometowns and region in the future.  The students participated in a Commonwealth Fair to learn about assets they already possess, and explored entrepreneurial activities as well as career possibilities available to them when they reach college.



Castro County 4-H had a big presence at the Harvest Days Fair September 9th and 10th. The Castro County 4-H float won 2nd place overall and received $50. The float showcased many of the activities 4-Hers participate in from livestock projects, to cooking, sewing, and archery. Many

4-Hers had entries in the fair, including quilts, canned goods, horticulture, crafts, clothing, and photography. Molly Johnson had best of show in youth canning, Spencer Acker had best of show youth clothing, Kristi McAlister had best of show youth crafts. Many of the other entries placed first and second in their categories.



Alive and Thriving – Housing Developments (Article Two)

by Abby Schmucker

The second article in my series will focus on the new houses that were built from 2008 to 2012 and the way they affected the town and surrounding area of Nazareth.

As a senior in High School that grew up in a rural community where new homes and new families happen yearly, it’s easy to write this series of articles on the positive growth in our community. With a little digging into Castro County Appraisal District records, it became apparent that the 2006-2007-house building around Nazareth and eastern area of the county, continued through 2008-2012.

Seven new houses were built in our area in 2008. The first of these houses is north of town and is the home of Dwight and Felice Acker. They have one son, Spencer Acker, who is in elementary school at Nazareth. Another new home was owned by Gerald and Mary Braddock but is now kept up and used by local family members, Mickey and Meredith Hochstein. Gregg and Cynthia Gerber also built a new home during the same year. They have four kids who have all been in the Nazareth School System, two of which graduated in the last two years. Chris and Twila Williams, who previously lived out in the country, built another new house in town. Also built in the same year was the house of Leroy Birkenfeld whose five children have previously attended school in Nazareth. Tim and Shelly Farris owned the next new home. They have five children, four of whom went to the Nazareth School, and now their house is owned by Kirk and Sandy Farris. The last of the new houses for 2008 was built by John Klassen who previously had all eight children in school at Nazareth.

With the slumped economy of 2008, only 2 houses were added in the next 4 years. The record from the Castro County Appraisal District states that one house was new for 2009, and one was new for 2010, but there were none in 2011 or 2012. In 2009 there was a new house owned by Michael Acker, and in 2010, the newest house was home to Randy and Monette Schilling.

The four years from 2008-2012 brought many new houses to Nazareth with several new faces, while some families just moved locations in the town. Newly arriving children were brought into the school system, and their parents got involved quickly in the community and school activities. In addition to this social impact, it also affected the tax value of the Nazareth School district. According to the Castro Country Appraisal District, the value of residences was increased from $11,773,090 to $16,813,540 during these four years. Alive and thriving, the community of Nazareth and Eastern Castro County gives witness to the continued spirit of cooperation in growth.


Nazareth Education Foundation Fundraiser and Steak Dinner

Saturday October 8, 2016

Nazareth Community Hall

Social Hour: 6:00 p.m.

Steak Dinner: 6:30 p.m.—9:30 p.m.

$100 ticket includes: 2 steak dinners and an entry in the reverse raffle drawing

Top Prize $1,500.00

**Reverse drawing – Cash prizes given for every 25th ticket drawn**

**Silent Auction closes at 9:00 p.m.**

Steak Dinner only: $20 Adults and $10 children (12yrs & under)

Contact: 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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