October 19, 2016~Year 9, No. 12



33 Swift and Swiftette cross country runners competed in Plainview on Tuesday, October 11 for the District meet. The Nazareth teams won first place team in every division that they had enough runners. Each individual competed well, and the varsity girls and varsity boys will compete at regionals on Saturday, October 29.


Varsity girls – 1st place team
Caitlin Kleman – 1st
April Schmucker – 2nd
Shania Schacher – 5th
Laci Backus – 6th
Blakely Gerber – 8th
Amy Schilderink- 13th
Bree Cornett – 14th

Varsity boys – 1st place team
Brady Robb – 2nd
Tristan McLain – 5th
Slade Gerber – 6th
Tristan Nelson – 8th
Brayden Dyer – 13th
Tate Schulte – 14th

JV girls – 1st place team
Emily Heitschmidt- 1st
Paige Gerber – 2nd
Abby Schmucker- 3rd
Cambrie Herman – 5th
Lexis Nieves – 6th

Jr. High girls – 1st place team
Maggie Nelson – 1st
Kyanne Dunn – 3rd
Makenzy Corrales – 7th
Merry Gerber – 9th
Grace Huseman – 10th
Emma Kleman – 12th
Addie Dyer – 18th
Bliss Betzen – 20th
Alex Schacher – 21st
Kylee Moroney – 24th
Shelby Annen – 25th

Jr. High boys
Ryan Heitschmidt – 2nd
Tobin Pierson – 8th
Grady McAlister – 11th
Landry Kleman – 16th


picture3Painting with a Twist

Home Merc

October 25, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Join women in the Nazareth Community in painting corrugated tin leaves or pumpkins.

Wear or bring an apron or pain shirt.

You may bring your own beverage.

To register:

Contact Toni Waldo (806-290-3636) or Kate Birkenfeld (432-213-5133)

Price: $30 prior to October 20

$35 after October 20



picture4   The poster of “Native Nazareth Son”, if ever printed, would be of Lester Backus, 54, who died on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Born here, schooled here, worked here, mentored our young people in the “how” of working milk cows, befriended locals, especially those in need, enjoyed life here, and now his earthly body is treasured in the sacred earth of Nazareth cemetery.

Lester was born November 25, 1961 to Hubert and Joan Backus, and graduated from Nazareth High School in 1981. He became a dairy farmer and that became his life’s passion. Lester enjoyed visiting with friends and family and will always be remembered as a man of honesty and unselfishness who cared for people and loved family unconditionally.

Lester is survived by his parents, Hubert and Joan Backus of Nazareth, 2 sons, Brandon Backus and Blake Backus both of Canyon, 4 brothers, Wayne Backus and wife Susan of Lubbock, Ricky Backus and wife Crystal of Nazareth, Marlon Backus of Dimmitt and Ron Backus and wife Jeanine of Lubbock, nephews, Justin and wife Brittany, Zac, Jeremy, Reid, Kellen and Ethan, nieces, Laci and Lauren.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Cemetery Fund, Box 100, Nazareth, TX 79063, W.T. Baptist Student Ministry, c/o Missions Fund, 2500 4th Ave., Canyon, TX 79015, or to BSA Hospice of the Southwest, 5211 SW 9th, Suite 100, Amarillo, TX 79106.

His funeral and burial took place Monday, October 17 at Holy Family Church in Nazareth, Texas with Rev. Ken Keller and Deacon Bob Birkenfeld officiating.



The High Plains Underground Water Conservation District (HPWD) Board of Directors voted to discontinue operation of county water well permit offices at their October 11 meeting.
“Our County Secretaries have provided exemplary service to residents of their respective counties since the water well permit program started in the mid-1950s.  However, with today’s mobile technologies, persons can begin the water well permit process or obtain water well permit information/well logs from the interactive map feature on the HPWD website.  As a result, persons no longer need to visit a permitting office in their county for these services,” said General Manager Jason Coleman.
Throughout the years, various local businesses have provided space and allowed their employees to serve as County Secretaries on behalf of the district.  “The HPWD Board of Directors greatly appreciates their support,” Coleman added.
In recent years, HPWD has either closed or combined several permit offices as County Secretaries either retired or moved from the area.  These included Armstrong, Lamb, Parmer, Potter, and Randall Counties.  Permits for Crosby, Lubbock, and Lynn Counties were handled by HPWD staff at the district office in Lubbock.
Resolutions commending the following County Secretaries for their dedicated service were adopted and signed by the Board of Directors:

Christina Gutierrez and Melissa Nichols, Bailey County, 9 years.

Karleen Hoelting, Castro & Swisher Counties, 5 years.

Wayne Butler, Cochran County, 18 years.

Deann Martin, Deaf Smith County, 13 years.

Judy Thayer, Floyd County, 9 years.

Daleyn Schwartz, Hale County, 3 years.

Linda Smith, Hockley County, 18 years.


SCAMS, thefts from our Castro County elders, will be the topic of a sharing by Castro County Sheriff Sal Rivera after the Community Meal, Wednesday Oct. 26th at Senior Citizens.  Many groups, such as the Catholic Daughters, are aware of and concerned about the drastic increase of scams in which our elderly residents are being robbed. Please listen in on the Sheriff’s report and share the info with others so we can stop this hurting of our residents.

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