Glasscock County News

Volume 10, Number 9                                 Garden City, Texas                                       May 12, 2004


County Hires Havlak for Maintenance


The Glasscock County Commissioners (Bednar absent) on May 10 hired Diane Havlak as the maintenance/janitorial person for the courthouse and community center. Her salary will be $19,000 plus full county benefits. There were 12 applicants for the job, according to Marilee Jost.

The commissioners also voted to purchase $18,000 worth of new equipment and pagers for the Garden City Volunteer Fire Department. Russell Halfmann and Galen Schwartz explained the need for a new jaws of life, an accompanying power unit and hoses to replace 1974 equipment which no longer works. The purchase will also include some new hoses for jaws of life units in the St. Lawrence VFD. Halfmann said the new equipment would make all the jaws of life in both fire departments completely interchangeable. Halfmann also reported that the Garden City VFD has only two working pagers, and needs at least five more, at a cost of $725 each. He said the last pagers purchased were for the Emergency Medical Service volunteers. A budget amendment(s) will be necessary to allow money for the equipment to be taken from the miscellaneous or continuance fund and/or the road crew equipment fund, since no money was budgeted specifically for this purpose.

Fire Units to Every Automobile Wreck

Halfmann also said the GCVFD is in very serious need of a rescue vehicle, which can carry the jaws of life equipment, other equipment and a water tank to auto wrecks. In order to reduce the time it takes to get the jaws of life to the site of a vehicular accident, he said the county’s two VFD departments have decided to send one of their units whenever county ambulances are dispatched to a wreck. Halfmann said the Garden City and St. Lawrence VFD units are making an effort to work closer together, trying to make the best use of resources and equipment.

Commissioners asked Halfmann and Schwartz to drive an existing county truck to see if it is powerful enough to meet their needs as a rescue vehicle. If so, outfitting it for their use would cost approximately $14,000. They are to meet with the court again next month regarding the vehicle.

Nine Apply for Ag Agent’s Job

County FCS Agent Charlene Belew reported that there are nine applicants for the county agriculture agent’s job. She said Michael Brooks from Howard County and Rebel Royal are the two applicants from within the extension system.  The seven others include four who are currently vocational-agricultural teachers and three, including two women, who are graduating from college, two with bachelor’s degrees and one with a master’s degree. She said the district extension director is ready to meet with county commissioners to discuss the applicants.

Belew suggested the court go through the applications, select their top three candidates, then have an open meeting to give the community a chance to meet the three and to get community input before the commissioners’ court makes the final decision. The commissioners seemed in favor of that approach.

Belew Praises 4-H Youth for Hard Work, Dedication

Belew reported that the 4-H Extravaganza to benefit the Plagens family raised approximately $14,000 after expenses. She also said the recent rabies vaccination clinic was very successful, raising $300 for Dr. Sid Hanslik’s work, which he then donated to the

4-H’s Plagens benefit.

                She said Glasscock County had 63 kids at the District 4-H Roundup in Ft. Stockton, impressing everyone with their numbers and the quality of their work. Calling the 4-H’ers “awesome kids”, she praised their accomplishments. (See more, page 3.)

                County Commissioners plan a special meeting soon to take road-paving bids, but no date was set.




In The Spotlight



  Noemi Guerrero is the GCHS valedictorian for 2004; Jessica Hoch is the salutatorian. Noemi is the daughter of Sergio and Christina Guerrero; Jessica is the daughter of Michael and Melissa Hoch.


Taylor Niehues placed sixth in mathematics at the state University Interscholastic League Academic Meet. The team of Niehues, Colton Schwartz, Noemi Guerrero and Tyler Bednar placed fifth overall and was coached by Jerry Cannon and Shea Gartman. In accounting, Jessica Hoch and Leslie Jansa placed seventh, and the team consisting of Hoch, Jansa, Amanda Hirt, and Anna Flores placed third and was coached by Reta Bell.


Allison Jansa qualified for the state track meet after placing second in both the 1600 meters and 3200 meters at the regional track meet in Levelland. (See item, pg. 4.)  She is the daughter of Alan and Lisa Jansa.


  Angela Schraeder, a member of the Howard College Lady Hawks softball team, has been awarded the 2003–2004 Hawk Pride award for  “inspiring others and contributing to the team’s success.” The team won Region V of the NJCAA and will compete in the national tournament in Clermont, FL. Schraeder, a 2003 graduate of GCHS, is the daughter of Dennis and Debbie Schraeder.


•  The Glasscock County 4-H team, consisting of 33 youth and 10 adults, placed first in the number of laps walked/run at the Tenth Annual Howard-Glasscock Relay for Life in Big Spring. They raised $1,858 and placed second in the large teams category.  Overall, the event raised $201,172 for the American Cancer Society.


 Garden City Elementary School received a plaque at the Howard-Glasscock Relay for Life for raising the most money in Links for a Cure. They sold 15,000 links for a total of $1,500.



School Hires Band Director



                GCISD’s school board on May 10 hired Conrad Flusche as the new band director. Flusche is a 1999 graduate of West Texas

A & M with a bachelor’s degree in music. From August of 2002 to the present, he has been the head band director at Sunray Junior High, and was the All-Region Coordinator as well. For the 2000 – 2002 school years, he was the assistant band director at Dumas High School, and for the 1999-2000 school year, was the assistant band director at Canyon High School. His wife, Kristi, is also a music major and teacher, but she will not be working. The couple has two girls, ages five and two.

                The board accepted a $75,000 bid to resurface the school’s track and runways, and to re-do the high jump pit. No one was sure how long it has been since the track was resurfaced, but the guesses were between eight and twelve years. Athletic Director Ken Hoskins said tracks get harder and crack with time. He said there should be about 65 kids in track and field next year.  School Superintendent Steve Long said upkeep and maintenance of facilities is expensive, but necessary.      

The board also approved bids for two Bluebird route busses, one a 77-passenger, and one a 54-passenger, at a cost of $54,000 and $52,000 respectively. Long said one of the busses could also be used as an activities bus. He said the school had planned to buy two new busses this year and the 77-passenger one damaged in an April accident will not be replaced.

                GCISD enrollment is: K – 6, 150; Pre-K, 15; 7 – 12, 126, for a district-wide total of 291.

                Average daily public use of the fitness equipment: January, 66; February, 47; March, 37; April, 30.

                In other matters, Long reported that fans are being put into the auditorium; the board accepted Maria Medrano’s resignation from the cafeteria, and the board asked Long to discuss with county officials the possibility of putting pull-offs at all bus stops where there is room.





   A Glasscock County 4-H Club community garage sale is set for May 15 from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Community Center.  Proceeds from the sale will help 4-H members fund future project activities.


•  The 4-H Club has established a scholarship fund at the Garden City bank as a memorial to Todd Weishuhn.  Monies collected will fund a scholarship to be presented annually at the livestock show.


 Glasscock County Senior Citizens will meet June 8 and fried chicken will be furnished.  Bring something to go with fried chicken.  Please bring snacks for the meeting on June 15.


•  Lance Armstrong’s tennis camp in Garden City will be June 14 – 17 (4 days). Campers ages 4 – 8 will meet from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. and the cost is $60.  Campers who are ages 9 – 18 will meet from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and the cost is $100.  Registration forms are available at Halfmann’s General Store.  For additional information, call Tammy Halfmann, 354-2367.


 Leroy Moore is giving piano lessons now and through the summer in Garden City at the First United Methodist Church.  Anyone interested should call Karen Wheeler at 397-2753 for information and scheduling.


If you are missing keys, please contact the Extension Office @354-2477. Two sets have been found.


The Adult 4-H Leaders Association thanks everyone who was involved in the 4-H Extravaganza.  It was a HUGE success.


  Baccalaureate services will be May 15 at 4 p.m. in the Ruth Cook Auditorium.


  GCHS graduation will be May 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ruth Cook Auditorium.


  George and Doris Schwartz thank everyone for the beautiful cards, good wishes and prayers they received in honor of their fiftieth anniversary. Special thanks to all who came and helped us make it such a memorable occasion.  God bless all of you.



GGCD Joins Water Lobbying Group


                The Glasscock Groundwater Conservation District’s board of directors voted April 20 to join a group that can lobby Texas lawmakers on groundwater issues. The Texas Groundwater District Coalition for Legislative Services will have two lobbyists and a minimum-level membership will cost GGCD $1,336 through June, 2005, according to Rick Harston, GGCD manager. The number of votes each member district has will be determined by the amount of money it puts into the organization, with GGCD having one vote. Harston explained that “super majority” of 80 percent of member districts must agree on an issue for it to become the coalition’s policy.

                 GGCD directors voiced disapproval concerning the votes-for-dollars structure of the organization, and Director Mike Hughes said he would like more time to study whether to join. However, they decided “being able to sit at the table” and be informed about what is going on in Austin regarding groundwater issues is worth the money, and voted unanimously to join the group.

                GGCD has long been a member of the Texas Alliance of Groundwater Districts, which is composed of 80 counties, each of which gets one vote. Dues to that group are $150 annually. TAGD is a 501 (C) (3) organization, and is prohibited from hiring lobbyists.

                Harston reported that cloud seeding started April 18 with two planes based in San Angelo, one in Midland and one in Ozona. He said the weather modification group’s new 10 centimeter radar in San Angelo is up and running and should give much better coverage of the area. A link to the weather modification association’s website is at GGCD’s homepage,, or you can go directly to Harston says no precipitation data or flight tracking are live online as yet.

                The GGCD election, which had been set for May, was cancelled and the unopposed directors (Kenneth Braden, Mike Hughes and Dennis Seidenberger) were certified.



Thanks for Kindnesses

                I want to thank everyone involved in the 4-H benefit for our family -- what a special gift the whole event was. I know very well how much hard work and preparation goes into an event like this, and your hard work will not be forgotten. I am not sure I possess the words to express our heartfelt gratitude, but please know that from the bottom of our hearts we appreciate each one of you!

                I grew up hearing my grandfather say, “You judge a man’s wealth by the love of his family and friends.” Well, the kids and I feel like Douglas was a very rich man. It’s quite a legacy to leave for our children. Even though our hearts are broken and we will always miss Douglas, we continue to thank God for all the blessings in our life, and we consider being a member of this community and having such wonderful friends as our number one blessing. Thank you all, and God bless you! Connie, Drew, Lauren and Spencer Plagens.



District 4-H Roundup Results

Results of the 4-H District Roundup competition in Fort Stockton on May1 follow:

Share the FunCelebrate 4-H Category – Jr. Div. – M’Call Schaefer, Jessie Jones, Cassie Hirt, Katelyn Hoelscher, Shelby Schwartz, Rachel Hirt and Taylor Hughes- first place; Intermediate Div. – Whitney Kellermeier, Brittney Chudej, Halie Schaefer, Amy Multer and Mikela Barton – first place; Sr. Div. – Colby Hirt, Wade Machicek, Kayla Medrano, Timothy Schniers, Dusty Walker, Garrett Kellermeier, Trey Hillger and Amanda Hirt – first place.

Drama Category – Jr. Div. – Peyton Schaefer, Colton Belew, Brody Halfmann, Reggie Halfmann, Blayne Batla, Ian Schaefer and Jordan Jost – first place; Intermediate Div. – Sydney Halfmann, Britton Avery, Melissa Hirt, Kaci Coats and Macy Schwartz – first place; Sr. Div. – Blaine Walker, Colton Schwartz, J. R. Medrano, Marissa Schwartz, Erin Hirt, Justin Pierson, Sam Long and Landon Hoelscher – second place.

                Choreographed Routine – Jr. Div. – Shanna Halfmann, Katy Multer, Calleen Jansa and Sarah Avery – first place.

                Comedy – Jr. Div. – Brett Chudej and Aaron Long – second place; Intermediate Div. – Lauren Schwartz, Amber Halfmann, Morgan Schwartz, Paige Sturtz and Lane Halfmann – first place.

                Vocal – Sr. Div. – Cade Halfmann and Cory Multer – second place.

                Method Demonstration/Illustrated Talk: Health – Jr. Div. – Samantha Kellermeier – first place.

                Public Speaking – Intermediate Div. – Kevin Hillger – second place.

Results from the District Livestock Judging contest in Mason on May 4 are as follows:

                Seniors:  Overall individuals – Cade Halfmann first, Colby Hirt – second, Marissa Schwartz – third.  Overall Teams:  Dusty Walker, Garrett Kellermeier, Marissa Schwartz, Colby Hirt – first; Erin Hirt, Blaine Walker, Cade Halfmann – third.

                Intermediates Overall Individuals – Macy Schwartz – first, Halie Schaefer – second, Cole Schwartz – third.  Overall Teams:  Halie Schaefer, Levi Schaefer, Lane Halfmann, Macy Schwartz – first; Spencer Plagens, Cole Schwartz, Paige Sturtz – second.

                Juniors – Overall Individuals – Brody Halfmann – first, Peyton Schaefer – second; Overall Team – Colton Belew, Peyton Schaefer, Blayne Batla, Ian Schaefer – third.



From the Schoolhouse


State Qualifier from Regional Track Meet


                Allison Jansa, who was one of six athletes representing Garden City at the regional track meet in Levelland, qualified for the state track meet after placing second in both the 1600 meters and 3200 meters.  K’Lann Niehues took fifth overall in the high jump and Megan Niehues finished sixth overall in the 400 meters.

                On the boy’s team, Chais Goodwin finished seventh in the triple jump, Cory Multer was ninth overall in the discus, and Jason Flores finished seventh in the 1600 meters.  The top two in each event qualify for the state meet.


State Junior High TMSCA Meet Results


                Wade Jansa received the Top Gun Award as the top eighth grader competing in all four events.

Number Sense – Brooke Halfmann 2nd, Wade Jansa 3rd, Adriana Ramirez 4th; Calculator – Wade Jansa 4th, Adriana Ramirez 8th; Math – Wade Jansa 2nd, Brooke Halfmann 3rd, Michael Clarke 8th, Noemi Gonzalez 10th, Britton Avery 18th; Science – Wade Jansa 1st, Laura Halfmann 3rd, Paige Niehues 4th, Jake Schwartz 7th, Michael Clarke 13th, Lauren Wheeler 18th, Brooke Halfmann 20th, Britton Avery 21st.              

                The Number Sense team of W. Jansa, B. Halfmann, and A. Ramirez placed 6th.  Math team of W. Jansa, B. Halfmann, M. Clarke and N. Gonzalez placed 3rd. The Science team of W. Jansa, J. Schwartz, M. Clarke and L. Halfmann placed 2nd.


 State High School TMSCA Meet Results  


                Taylor Niehues won the Top Gun Award for all four events with Colton Schwartz 3rd and Katie Gully 10th.

Noemi Guerrero – Science 2nd, Biology 1st, Chemistry 4th; David Neufeld – Science 9th, Biology 4th; Katie Gully – Number Sense 3rd; Cory Multer – Mathematics 6th; Tyler Bednar – Number Sense 9th; Colton Schwartz – Mathematics 2nd, Biology 5th, Science 6th, Calculator 10th; Taylor Niehues – Calculator 1st, Mathematics 1st, Science 1st, Biology 1st, Chemistry 2nd, Number Sense 2nd.

                Number Sense team of K. Gully, T. Bednar, T. Niehues, and N. Guerrero placed 7th.  Mathematics team of D. Neufeld, C. Multer, T. Niehues and C. Schwartz placed 7th.  Science team of N.  Guerrero, D. Neufeld, C. Schwartz, and T. Niehues placed 4th.


Regional Tennis Tournament Results


                GCHS boys and girls doubles tennis teams each finished in fourth place at the regional tournament in Levelland recently.  Alex Halfmann and Taylor Niehues reached the semi-final match before falling to the Sudan team.  Jessica Hoch and Megan Niehues were defeated in the semi-finals by the team from Nazareth.

                The boys’ team of Blake Chudej and Evan Jansa were ousted in the second round by Sudan.  Also, Allison Jansa and Stacy Gully, the other girls’ team, went out in the second round.


Honor Rolls Announced (Fifth Six Weeks 2004)


Elementary School


  The “A” Honor Roll: Araceli Bocanegra, Marley Braswell, Holly Halfmann, Brazos Hirt, Casandra Leos, Antonio Ramirez, Brylie Schaefer, Brandon Gartman, Angel Guerrero, Ashley Halfmann, Cody Halfmann, Kellan Kirkland, Lexie Schaefer, Shawn Walker, Miguel Bocanegra, Kaitlyn Braswell, Brody Halfmann, Sarah Hoelscher, Austin Hoelscher, Agatha Koethler, Izamar Ocon, Peyton Schaefer, Craig Wheeler, Reggie Halfmann, Hayden Halfmann, Brittney Schniers, Amber Halfmann, Kate Halfmann, Lane Halfmann, Laura Halfmann, Paige Niehues, Adriana Ramirez.


The “A Average” Honor Roll: Hope Allen, Vanessa Barco, Ty Halfmann, Daeley Havlak, Maddie Hoelscher, Kadden Kothmann, Rico Mier, Ismael Ramirez, Jacoby Allen, Bryson Batla, Vanessa Cardenas, Cassie Espinosa, Hannah Halfmann, Kamie Halfmann, Sarah Avery, Blayne Batla, Jacob Dalton, Katy Multer, Jessica Olveda, Shelby Schwartz, Adrian Guerrero, Heather Havlak, Katelyn Hoelscher, Jordan Jost, Marcus Cook, Noemi Gonzalez, Kelsey Jones, Lauren Schwartz, Morgan Schwartz.            




                  Todd Garrett Weishuhn, 17, died April 21 as the result of an automobile accident and was buried at the St. Lawrence Cemetery.  Todd, who was a junior at Garden City High School, was actively involved in sports, having played Little League baseball, football, basketball, tennis, track and golf.  He was also involved in the 4-H club and was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Youth Organization.  Away from school, he enjoyed riding his dirt bike and hunting.

                Todd is survived by his parents, David and Belinda Weishuhn; his sister, Amy and her husband, Justin Schwartz, all of St. Lawrence; his grandparents Lawrence and Helen Jost of St. Lawrence and Presley and Ethel Weishuhn of Eola; his godparents, Chris and Lana Hirt; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other family and friends.

                The family suggests memorials to the Glasscock County Emergency Medical Service, P.O. Box 249, Garden City, TX 79739.


                •  Elo E Hoelscher, 87, died April 24 and was buried in St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Rowena. He was born in 1917 in Falls County, Texas to E. B. and Laura Ernst Hoelscher.  He married Magdaline Matthiesen in 1942 in Rowena.  The couple farmed in the Eola and Mereta area, retiring to San Angelo in 1984.

                Survivors include his wife, Magdaline; three daughters and their spouses, Janice and Stanley Lange of Miles, Linda and Larry Kujawski of San Angelo, and Ann and Harold Hoelscher of St. Lawrence; two sons and their wives, Larry and Pam Hoelscher of Odessa and Tommy and Karla Hoelscher of St. Lawrence; four brothers, Elmer, Melvin, Willard, and Bill, and three sisters, Bernice Hosack, Grace Gully, Mabel Namken, and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Susan Kay; his parents; a brother, Monroe, and two   sisters, Cleola Hoelscher and Laurine Bjorn.


                Dennis Joseph Finn, Jr., 50, of Midland, died April 25 in Glasscock County, and was buried at Resthaven Memorial Park, Midland.  He was born July 11, 1953 in Midland and married Patricia Smith June 5, 1997.  He attended Lee High School and received an associate’s degree from Midland College.  He had been a respiratory therapist at Midland Memorial Hospital and at Westwood Hospital.  He owned Rustic Outpost furniture store.

                Survivors include his wife, Patricia Finn of Midland; two sons, D.J. Finn and Thomas Finn, both of Midland; one daughter, Brandy Finn of Midland; two stepsons, Jason Smith of Lubbock and Dustin Smith of Midland; one stepdaughter, Tracy Scott of Midland; two sisters, Cherry Morgan of Houston and Soccoro Hendry of Abilene; one brother, John Swiney of Carrollton; and other family and friends.


                •  Joyce Batte Smith of Hurst, Texas  died May 5.  She was born in Shrevesport, LA  in 1922, and moved with her parents to the West Texas Oilfields as a child.  She attended school in Garden City and graduated with the class of 1940. Her husband, A.J. Smith and a son, Jerry Lynn Smith predeceased her.  She is survived by a son, Don and his wife Charlene of Fort Worth and a daughter Sharon and her husband Jack Rhoden of San Antonio and 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.



Next Issue Date and Deadline


             The next issue of the Glasscock County News will be June 16. The deadline for that issue is June 14, but earlier material is helpful. Send information to: P.O. Box 98, Garden City, TX 79739; phone or fax: 432/354-2221; e-mail:

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