January 18, 2016~Year 9, No. 23


The dairy cattle judging team competed in the State 4-H judging contest at the Fort Worth Stock Show on Sunday, January 15. The team won the competition to become state champions, and they will get to represent Nazareth, Castro Country, and Texas at the World Dairy Expo Contest. They will travel to Wisconsin in October to compete in the national judging contest.

4H State Dairy Cattle Judging Results:

Senior team
1st overall
4th in Brown Swiss
4th in Holsteins
3rd in Jerseys
3rd in Reasons

Ellen Schilderink
3rd in Brown Swiss
17th in Jerseys
1st in Reasons
5th overall

Amy Schilderink
10th in Brown Swiss
15th in Jerseys
7th overall

Brady Robb
11th in Brown Swiss
14th in Jerseys
19th overall

Mike Schilderink
17th in Holsteins

Nathaneal VanDijk
20th in Holsteins

Emily Heitschmidt 

Junior division

Iris Schilderink 
17th in Holsteins
25th overall

Alisha Osterkamp

Congratulation to all of these students, and good luck to the senior team as they compete at the National 4-H dairy judging contest.



Melina Birkenfeld graduated with her Masters in Special Education on December 17 from West Texas A&M University. Melina has three kids with one on the way and a full time job, and she was able to graduate with a 4.0. Congratulations to Melina Birkenfeld and her family for earning this great accomplishment!




The junior high Swiftettes competed in the Friona Tournament, and the team ended the weekend with a big win to become tournament champions. The Swiftettes defeated Farwell 28-27 in the championship. Congratulations to all of these girls!


Holy Family Parish Council Elects Officers

The Parish Council of Holy Family Church met on Monday, January 9 for their first meeting of 2017. The four new members chosen in December by parishioners joined the other 8 current members to choose officers for the year.

For 2017, the Chairman of the council will be Rodney Schulte, the Vice-chairman is Lesly Annen, and the new Secretary for the council will be Nikki Wethington. Leroy Schulte, the 2016 chairman, becomes advisor to the new chairman, and ceremoniously handed the church keys over to the new chairman.

Joining the council for the first time were Kit Schulte, Stacy Gerber, Mark A Kleman and Leon Birkenfeld.

Prior to the Parish Council meeting, the Church’s Finance Council, under the chairmanship of Hugh Wilhelm, also met and received the final totals from the September Labor Day Event: net profit being $165,827.65. Fr. Ken and members expressed sincere appreciation for all who contributed.



After 26 years, Littlefield’s Huseman retires as winningest head coach in program history

(pieced from the full article found at lubbockonline.com)

Brian Huseman, who spent 26 seasons with the Littlefield Wildcats, holds a career record of 132-61-0 in football. The veteran head coach gained headlines for garnering his 128th victory with the Littlefield football program back in October.

Huseman guided the Wildcats to the third round of the Class 3A Division I playoffs. He also engineered a 9-4 overall, and 5-0 mark in District 1-3A play, that allowed Littlefield to earn the program’s first district title since 2012.

For all of those on-the-field accolades, Huseman was named the Lone Star Varsity Class 3A Coach of the Year.

Under his guidance, Littlefield garnered six district titles and earned 14 playoff berths. In the postseason, the Wildcats won regionals three times, quarterfinals twice and appeared in the state title game back in 2006.



A bridal shower was held for Treva Ramsey on January 7, 2017 at the Yellow Rose  Inn in Nazareth.
Chicken salad with rolls, capris salad skewers, homemade cookies, fruit and vegetables,  marinated strawberries, and cheese bread twirls were served. Champaign punch, raspberry tea and lemon water were offered for drinks.
Twelve hostesses planned the beautiful shower and gave the couple a Kitchen Aide blue mixer. Guests in attendance were Treva’s mother, Tracy Ramsey; mother-in-law Kelli Smith; grandmothers, Imogene Drerup, Anita Ramsey and Nina Smith.
Family and friends had a wonderful time celebrating Treva’s engagement to Zepplin Smith. Their wedding will be February 25th.

picture5 Nina Smith, Imogene Drerup, Tracy Ramsey, Treva Ramsey, Kelli Smith, Anita Ramsey


We would like to thank the Nazareth Community for the generous donations and Christmas gifts you presented to Castro County Child Protective Service during the holidays. We can assure you that your efforts were greatly appreciated and gave many children a wonderful Christmas.

Thanks again,

Castro County Child Welfare Board



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