Glasscock County News

Volume 16, Number 03                                 Garden City, Texas                                    December 16, 2009




                On Dec. 12, the Garden City Bearkats football team defeated defending champs Strawn 122 – 88 at Shotwell Stadium in Abilene to win the state Division 1 Six-man title for the first time in school history! The high score was a record for state championship games. They defeated Follett 76 – 55 in a semi-final game to advance to the championship.

                Team members are:  Casey Hare, Blayne Batla, Brody Halfmann, Marcus Cook, Colton Belew, Brian Hirt, Reggie Halfmann, Lane Halfmann, Chapman Royall, Aaron Long, Jose Zuniga, Ruben Mier, Jesse Montes, Peyton Schaefer, Josh Colunga, Marcus Dalton, Brett Chudej, Frankie Zuniga, Andrew Hicks, Ian Schaefer and Jonathan Young.  

                The team is coached by Vance Jones, assisted by Koby Abney, Alonzo Garcia and Joseph Sanchez plus trainer Darrell Hunt. Another Jones team won the six-man title in 1976 when he coached at Marathon.



It’s ‘Bearkat Week’ in the County


                By order of the Glasscock County Commissioners’ Court on Dec. 14, the week of Dec. 14, 2009 is “Bearkat Week” in the county in recognition of the Garden City Bearkat football team winning the state Division 1 Six-man title on Dec. 12.

                In other action, the commissioners discussed the possibility of making a new county road some 1.7 miles east of Garden City. The road would begin at State Highway 158 and run north approximately one-half mile. Commissioner Gary Jones said the recent oil field activity (reportedly there will be at least 8 oil wells and a pipe yard) in that area has created a problem with trucks on the streets of Garden City, especially east/west along CR 300 (Bearkat Road in GC) and north/south on N. Gold Street. Jones said the county’s consulting road engineer, Don Bonifay, should look at the situation, TXDOT should be contacted regarding an entrance off Highway 158, and then landowners will be contacted regarding right-of-way. County Judge Wilburn Bednar said he would contact both Bonifay and TXDOT regarding the matter.

                Commissioners also discussed proposed oil and gas leases from both Laredo Oil and Mariner Oil for county property in and near Garden City. Ultimately, they took no action, deciding to turn the matter over to an attorney, who is to be chosen and contacted by Commissioner Jimmy Strube.

Cell Phones in Sheriff’s Department Raise Questions

                County Treasurer Alan Dierschke presented for the courts’ consideration a corporate cell phone plan from Verizon Wireless, which could replace the county’s current plan. The new plan, according to Verizon’s figures, could save the county an average of $5,000 annually. But before adopting the plan, the court wanted more information about who is using some of the 17 phones listed on Verizon’s records. They questioned who uses at least four phone numbers, three of which are in the sheriff’s department and one in the road crew. Of the phones on the Verizon list, eight are believed to be used by the sheriff’s department, one each for the landfill operator and courthouse custodian, two for the Extension agents, and five for road crew personnel.

                In addition to the Verizon cell phones listed as belonging in the sheriff’s department, Dierschke said there are possibly five AT&T cell phones in that department, plus five Wes-Tex land line phones, as well. Dierschke said he thinks some of the phones in the sheriff’s department could be eliminated. Commissioner Mark Halfmann said that department’s total phone bill is $1550 per month, or $18,600 per year. Halfmann said he thinks that’s too much, and said emergency phone coverage hasn’t improved, even with all the phones. (No representative from the sheriff’s department was at the meeting.) Dierschke was to get clarification from Sheriff Keith Burnett regarding who uses the phones in question, and then report back to the commissioners.

                The court approved an Affidavit of Conflict of Interest requested by Commissioner Jones. He said he wanted it because the very best caliche in his precinct is located in a pit that happens to belong to his father-in-law. He said he was concerned that there might be an appearance of improper conduct when he buys that material for county roadwork.

                An interlocal agreement with Martin County was approved so they can continue to answer Glasscock County’s 911 calls, and Bednar was given authority to sign the agreement.

                Commissioners set an employee Christmas lunch for noon Dec. 15 in the community center.

The court met in executive (closed) session for 18 minutes. There was no indication as to what was discussed in that session, and no public action was taken.



School Accepts Three Resignations


                Although they have been in effect for some time, the GCISD board officially accepted the resignations of Misty Kinnibrugh, high school principal; Brent Kirkland, athletic director/head girls basketball coach/testing coordinator and Shana Kirkland, high school math teacher/UIL coordinator, at its regular meeting Dec. 14. The board discussed the matter in closed session, and no information regarding details of the resignations was available.

                Former GC high school principal Ken Hoskins is again filling that position, as well as that of athletic director, at least through the current school year, he said.  According to Hoskins, Darrell Hunt is the varsity and junior varsity girls’ basketball coach and Joseph Sanchez is the junior high girls’ coach. Krista Hughes continues as school counselor and also assumes the job of testing coordinator. Jamie Walker is teaching high school math through this semester, and Linda Jones will be the UIL coordinator in the spring.

GCHS Nominated as ‘Blue Ribbon’ School

                School Superintendent Steve Long announced that Garden City High School is one of 26 Texas schools nominated for 2010 Blue Ribbon honors. The nomination was the result of the school’s students performing in the top 10 percent of the state on state tests. The schools were recommended by a state intra–agency committee that examined student achievement statistics for the more than 8,000 public school and charter campuses in the state. The nominated schools will now complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. Announcement of the award winners will be made in September 2010 and winners will be recognized at the Blue Ribbon Conference in Washington, D.C.

                Long also reported that the district received an “Above Standard Achievement” on the recently released 2007-2008 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas. The rating requires a score of 65 – 74 and the district scored 70 on the 24 categories examined. A “Superior Achievement” takes a score of 75 – 85. Long said that like every year, the district’s total fund balance is too high for state standards, and the district is scored down because of it. He said the state would prefer a fund balance of about $2.3 million and we have about $5 million in reserve.

                More information regarding both the Blue Ribbon nomination and the financial rating are available under “public notices” on the school’s web site,

Board Discusses Possible Oil & Gas Leases

                The board discussed oil and gas lease offers from both Mariner and Laredo oil companies for 29 acres of school property. The offer, the same from both companies, was a bonus of $250 per net mineral acre, with a one-fourth royalty interest and a three-year primary term. The board asked Long to counter that offer, and if that is accepted, the school will ask an attorney to review the lease before the board approves it. Doug Jost questioned why the school would want to lease at all, and if it does, why not ask for more money. Board member Carl Hoelscher suggested asking for a one-eighth over ride [a fractional interest of “lessee’s” working interest]. The board was in agreement that no O & G surface activity of any kind would be allowed on school property.

                Long reported that the school has spent $68,000 in federal stimulus money so far. He said the money has to be spent first, then the school submits information to the state for repayment.



In the Spotlight



  Garden City Bearkats named to the District 8-A Six-man All-District Team were:  Offensive MVP – Josh Colunga, Defensive MVP – Marcus Cook, Coach of the Year – Vance Jones; First Team – Quarterback Blayne Batla, Running Back Jesse Montes, Tight End Ian Schaefer, Center Aaron Long, Wide Receiver Brett Chudej, Special Teams Marcus Dalton, Lineman Reggie Halfmann, Noseguard Lane Halfmann, Cornerback Jesse Montes, Safety Brian Hirt, Utility Player Brett Chudej; Second Team – Utility Back Reggie Halfmann, Kicker Brett Chudej, Lineman Marcus Dalton, Punter Reggie Halfmann.


  Lady Kats basketball team won the Meadow Tournament and now have an 11-0 record.


  GCHS’s robotics team recently placed first in an Odessa competition.  Team members are Heather Havlak, Brittany Schniers, Rachel Hirt and Ian Schaefer.




  Glasscock Co. Senior Citizens will have only one meeting each month in January, February, and March because of scheduled community events and weather concerns. Meetings will be the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., and everyone is asked to bring a dish for potluck.  All are invited for an evening of good food and dominos.


  A medal presentation assembly for the State Championship Bearkats will be Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. in the Ruth Cook Auditorium.


  NOTICE TO GLASSCOCK COUNTY RESIDENTS:  OSHA law states that NO refrigerators, freezers, refrigerated air conditioning units (anything containing Freon), tires, oil, batteries, chemicals or dead animals can be disposed of at either landfill.  The landfill would risk closure by the state if these violations occur.

                Items of this nature were recently hidden from the attendant and dumped at a county landfill, which put the landfill in jeopardy of closure.


  The family of Alex Fry thanks everyone for their prayers, visits, cards, flowers, calls and the wonderful meal served for us at the community center.  Alex always enjoyed being a part of the Garden City community, especially the time he spent and the friends he made as a county commissioner. Janet Fry and the family of Alex Fry


  The Glasscock County Junior Livestock Show will be Jan. 8 and 9 at the Community Center.  The swine show begins at 8 a.m., followed by the steer show at 1 p.m. and rabbits at 2 p.m.  On Saturday, the sheep show, followed by the goat show will convene at 8 a.m.  The pig scramble is set for 11 a.m., and the premium sale begins at 1 p.m.


  Got a new computer for the holidays and don’t know where to begin? I’m here to help. Available for tutoring, software installation, and general repairs, I also can help with business applications, spreadsheets, and computerized bookkeeping. Located in Garden City. Call Van @ 214-417-4877. Local references by request. $20/hr.


 The family of Jonnie (Granny) Cypert would like to express their gratitude and thanks to the community, Church of Christ and all the other churches, for their prayers, flowers, cards, and donations to different charities, and for the wonderful meal that the community provided for the family.  Thank you for all of your help during the passing of our mother and grandmother. Granny was always glad that she moved to Garden City for she had many friends in the community. The family of Jonnie Cypert


  Christmas break for the school will begin Dec. 21 and classes will resume Jan. 4.  Regular 3 p.m. dismissal on Dec. 18, the last day before the holidays begin.



From the Schoolhouse


Scheduled Events:


Check the school website at: for a schedule of current events.


Dates to Note: Dec. 18– Basketball, VG/VB @Sundown, 2 p.m.; Dec. 21 – Jan. 3 – Christmas break; Dec. 29 -31 – Mary Tatum Invitational tournament, varsity @Big Lake, TBA; Jan. 2 – Basketball, JV/V, Eldorado @GC, 1 p.m.; Jan. 4 – JH A-girls/boys @Robert Lee, 6 p.m.; Jan. 5 – JVG/VG, Klondike @GC, 5 p.m.; VB, Midessa Warriors @GC, 8 p.m.; Jan. 8 & 9 – In-service, no school, county Jr. livestock show; Jan. 8 – JVG/VG, Robert Lee @GC, 4 / 6:30 p.m.; JVB/VB, Christoval @GC, 5 p.m./8 p.m.; Jan. 9 – Grady Jr. High Tournament, B-boys/girls; Jan. 11 – JH A-girls/boys @Blackwell, 6 p.m.;  JH B-boys/girls, Midesssa @Odessa, 6 p.m.; Jan. 12 – JV/V, Blackwell @GC, 4 p.m.; Jan. 15 – JV/V @ Westbrook, 4 p.m.; Jan. 16 – Garden City JH Girls Tournament, TBA.     


                Reminder – dates and times for events are subject to change!





  Jonnie Lea Raburn "Granny" Cypert, 96, of Garden City, Texas, died Nov. 12, 2009, at the Parks Methodist Nursing Home in Odessa, and was buried in Garden City Cemetery.

          She was born July 2, 1913, in San Saba, Texas, to John Calvin Raburn, Jr. and Alberta Martin Raburn of San Angelo. She was married July 22, 1932 to James T. Cypert, Sr. (J.T.) in Lovington, New Mexico.

           In 1955, Jonnie and J.T. moved to Garden City, where they began their butane service, operated a local cafe, and a vegetable and cotton farm for many years. Jonnie was the Glasscock County Treasurer from 1963 to 1983. She was member of the Garden City Church of Christ. Her most precious treasure in life was being surrounded by her family. She loved to quilt, make ceramic dolls and oil paintings, in addition to collecting dolls and birdhouses. Her most loved past time was playing Skipbo, and no one could beat her at the game even at 96.

         Jonnie is survived by three sons and four daughters; James T. Cypert Jr. and wife Nita of Garden City, Delia Arthur and husband Granvil of Gardendale, Sandi "Bertie" Snegireff and husband Sergei of Scottsdale, Az., Dennie Cypert and wife Dawn of Midland, John Wayne Cypert and wife Linda of Garden City, Sharon Ifera and husband Ray of Crane, Frances Grisham and husband Charlie of Odessa; 18 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; 8 great great-grandchildren; 3 sisters; Doris Fiveash of Eola, Bernice Stuart of Austin, Patsy Carter of Tennessee; and many nieces and nephews.

        In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.T.; a son, Calvin; three brothers, Theron, Henry, and Edward (Burr) Raburn; two sisters, Mary and Gladys and two great-grandchildren.



  Linda Kresta Huffman, 58, of Garden City, died Nov. 13, 2009, at Shannon Medical Center in San Angelo.

           She was born May 13, 1951, in Ballinger, Texas to Henry (Jack) Jr. and Sylvia (Mueller) Kresta.  Linda was a mail route contractor for the United States Postal Service for 16 years.

           She was preceded in death by her parents.

          Survivors include her husband, Garry Huffman of Garden City; sons, Gregory Huffman and wife, Rachel of Grape Creek and Nicholas Huffman and wife, Misty of Midland; sisters, Elizabeth Ann Thomas and husband Harold (Harry) of San Angelo, Tammy Howell and husband Stanley of Euless; brothers, Clyde Kresta and wife Rhonda, Timmy Kresta of Ballinger; grandsons, Lee Ryan and Matthew Scott Huffman of Midland; a dear friend of 40 years, Rhonda Halfmann; several nephews and nieces.



• Alex Wendell Fry, 85, died Nov. 23, 2009, at an Abilene medical center and was buried in the Garden City Cemetery.

             Born in Kent County, Texas on June 25, 1924, Alex was the son of Esther (Cobb) and Albert Alexander Fry. After graduation from Spur High School in 1942, he served in the U S Navy on the U.S.S. Beckham during World War II. He was the recipient of the Asiatic Pacific - 2 Stars, American Area and Victory Ribbon. He was a cowboy and rancher, having worked on various ranches including the Pitchfork and the Spur Ranch. Alex also served as a Glasscock County commissioner for 12 years (1978-1990). He moved from Kerrville, Texas to Abilene in October 2001.  

           His parents; three brothers, A.T. Fry, Thedford Fry and Dale Fry; and two sisters, Adrian Fry and Lucille Smith, preceded him in death.

          Alex is survived by his wife, Janet Fry of Buffalo Gap; children, Tammy Halfmann and husband, Butch of Garden City, Kay Gilstrap and husband, Stephen, and Patricia Smith all of Midland; and special son, Dr. Norm Poorman and wife, Angel, of Abilene. He is also survived by grandchildren, Marianne Halfmann, Alex Clay Halfmann, Suzanne McGlothlin, Jason Smith, Dustin Smith, Hunter Poorman and Hayden Poorman; stepchildren, Hal and Deb Poorman and Sam and Mo Poorman all of Kerrville, Tonja Griffin and Mary Jane Poorman of Houston, and Van and Irma Poorman of Katy; 11 step-grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was known as Paw Paw.

          Survivors also include one sister, Nada Ivy and husband, Grady, of Powell, Wyoming; two brothers, Bill Fry and wife, Tennie, and Mack Fry and wife, Sharon, all of Lubbock; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins including one special nephew and friend, Sonny Fry and his wife, Jody.



Next Issue Date and Deadline


             The next issue of the Glasscock County News will be Jan.13, 2010. The deadline for that issue is Jan.11, 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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