Glasscock County News

Volume 18, Number 08                                 Garden City, Texas                                    May  16 2012


County Denies Tax Abatement for DCP



            At their regular meeting May 14, the Glasscock County Commissioner’s Court denied a tax abatement for DCP Midstream. The abatement had been requested for a gas plant that the company is planning in the northeast part of the county.

            Commissioners have said several times that no other oil and gas company has asked for an abatement from the county, and they didn’t think it was wise to set that precedent. GCISD has granted an abatement to DCP.

            Commissioner Michael Hoch said everyone should have good tax rates due to the increase in valuations in the county, which are estimated to be more than $1 billion above those in 2011.

The reinvestment zone around the plant’s planned site is still in effect, according to County Judge Kim Halfmann.

Chief Tax Appraiser Hired

            Priscilla Ginetti has been hired as the county’s chief tax appraiser, at a starting salary of $40,000, which will go to $41.600 after she completes RPA certification. She, and any part-time help in her office, will be considered county employees for payroll purposes. The county will pay the salaries, and be reimbursed by the Glasscock County Tax Appraisal District for all except the county’s pro-rata share. The commissioners’ court approved an interlocal agreement with the appraisal district that facilitates that process.

            Ginetti, who will continue to live in Big Spring, has five years experience in the Howard County appraiser’s office, and is familiar with the overall workings in Glasscock County, including sensitive issues, according to Judge Halfmann.

New Maintainer for Precinct 4

            Commissioners voted to buy a new CAT 140M maintainer for Precinct 4, at a cost of $257,500. They will trade in the Precinct 3 maintainer, which is a CAT 2002 model 140H with 6,000 hours, for $122,500, making the difference $135,000. The present Precinct 4 machine, a 2005 model with 4,260 hours, will go to Precinct 3.

            County Road Engineering Consultant Don Bonifay reviewed specifications for bids on graded caliche base road material. These specs will be used for bids for this material.

Commissioners agreed to have specs for a new Drumright fire barn and an addition to the county maintenance barn ready by the next court meeting. Judge Halfmann said the money is budgeted, and the work needs to be done in this fiscal year.

No More RC&D’s

            Since the Big Country Resource Conservation and Development, of which Glasscock County was a member, has been dissolved, Glasscock County will receive a $1700 reimbursement. Hoch said the USDA has stopped funding any RC&D’s. Judge Halfmann said the money could go into the county’s general fund, or into a 501C3 organization in the county. The court voted to put the funds into the Glasscock County Lions Club Community Center Foundation. Directors of that group meet annually to select county organizations that can benefit from Foundation funds.

            Commissioners approved renewal of a basic “Safe and Sound” OnStar subscription for the county’s Suburban. It costs $211 annually, and provides several safety features.




Citizens Attend Special School Board Meeting



                A group of local citizens attended the April 18 special meeting of the GCISD Board of Trustees to voice disapproval about what spokesman Mark Halfmann termed,  “recent events” and the “release of Mr. Jones.”

                (Prior to the public access, board president Andy Wheeler read lengthy state regulations regarding how citizens can approach a school board and for what amount of time per item -- 5 minutes.)

              Spokesman Halfmann said, “This was not handled in an appropriate way; not with respect from the school and not in a way people in Glasscock County would like. Coach Jones is like a father for a lot of kids --- kids who he worked with since he came here.”

                “We understand we don’t have all the information about what goes on in this, but we need to make changes when one person can hire and fire,” Halfmann said.

                “These boys [referring to a group of some 7 or 8 boys attending the meeting] were looking forward to having Coach Jones for another year. He is an icon, he just gets tossed aside like he is nothing.”

                “Just look at these boys, and you will see the disappointment on their faces.”

                “Mr. Long, look at them,” Halfmann said.

                Wheeler then noted that Halfmann’s allotted time was up, thanked all who attended the meeting and said all the comments would be “duly noted.”

              After some other routine items, the board went into closed session. [See following article.]




Sheriff’s Department Gets Third Deputy



                On May 14, the Glasscock County Commissioners’ Court gave Sheriff Keith Burnett permission to begin interviewing for a third deputy sheriff. If someone is hired by mid-June, it will cost approximately $17,500 in salary and benefits and another $3,000 in fuel plus a cell phone to reach the end of the fiscal year in September. For the next year, the additional person will be paid $42,000, at current salary levels. Burnett said he has an extra vehicle for the deputy, and he will move the computer from his vehicle to the deputy’s, or give his pickup to the deputy and he will drive the older one.

                Burnett said the amount of work in the county now is simply too much for his current staff, even though he now has what he calls an “excellent team.” County Judge Kim Halfmann said, “You have a great department!”  She added that everyone (all county employees) is busier now than ever before.

                Burnett said his personnel are asking for more help, and some citizens have told him we need more patrols. Commissioners all agreed that we have to do whatever is necessary to protect the county.

                Burnett also warned commissioners that in the next budget, he will need to replace two vehicles, aging computers and radar units. He said the radar units cost about $6,500 each, but essentially pay for themselves.

                An added but necessary expense is software called “Cop Sync,” which allows, among other things, fines to be paid on the road by credit card. Even outstanding tickets from other counties can be paid this way, with the money credited to the appropriate county, and $50 sent back to Glasscock County.

Problems with Trucks and Drivers Increasing

               Burnett said 80 percent of truck drivers who are stopped by his department have no valid Commercial Drivers License, many are driving trucks with serious mechanical problems, such as faulty or no brakes. He told of trying to stop one truck, which wouldn’t pull over, and was giving hand signals indicating, “Wait,” until Burnett finally slowed him enough that he pulled over. When he began “speaking harshly” to the driver, the driver told Burnett he was trying to stop, but had no brakes.

             Burnett said the use of alcohol and drugs while driving and on the job are increasing. He told of a trailer house hauler (with no load) driving east in the westbound lane at 9:15 a.m. and when stopped, he tested well more than legally drunk (2.8).

                He said more workers on oil rigs are drinking or using drugs while traveling to work and even while on the job. He said he plans to start using the county’s drug dog on rigs, with the oil companies’ blessings.

                Burnett said his staff has been short lately because a deputy had to go for drug dog training, but is back at work now, and Burnett anticipates more drug busts on highways.

                Burnett said moving farm equipment will be very dangerous this planting season. He predicted,  “There will be an accident.” He said farm equipment is hated by the truckers because it is so slow.

                Judge Halfmann added, “We have a very dangerous situation, and it won’t get any better for awhile.”




Coaches Jones and Hunt Resign; Board Hires Odom, Jones and Sumrall



                On April 18, the GCISD Board of Trustees, after a two-hour closed session, voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Vance Jones, head football coach. Jones had guided the Bearkats to two state championships in 2010 and 2011, the first state championships in school history.

The board also approved the resignation of Darrell Hunt, who had been the girls’ basketball coach for one and a half years; hired Joy Jones as elementary school principal and Chris Sumrall as head girls’ basketball coach. Each vote was unanimous.

              At a special meeting May 2, the GCISD Board of Trustees voted unanimously to hire Matthew Odom as the school’s athletic director and head football coach. [Editor’s note: the GC News published biographical information for Jones in the June 15, 2011 issue. Odom’s information was published in the June 16, 2010 issue. These issues can be accessed by going to the Archives on the newsletter website.]

               Sumrall graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in 1996 with a major in political science.  He is certified in history, government and physical education.  His coaching experience includes girls’ basketball and track/cross country at Clyde High School, Coahoma High School and Idalou High School.

                The board also accepted the resignation of Phyllis Byrne as an elementary school teacher.

In addition on April 18, the board voted to hire Pharr & Company as the construction manager-at-risk for the high school remodel at a guaranteed maximum price of $1,669,000.

                The district’s quarterly investment report showed $15,000,000 invested in CD’s at Glasscock County Bank, Western Bank of Coahoma and TexStar as of March 31, 2012.







             Will We Have Enough Water?  We Are All in This Together. 

              An information sharing session sponsored by the Glasscock County AgriLife Extension Leadership Advisory Board and open to the public will be Monday, May 21 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Glasscock County Community Center.  A $10 fee is to be paid on-site.

Guest Speakers:

              David Wallace of Wallace Law Offices of Sonora, Texas.  His practice is weighted heavily to representation of landowners, especially royalty and mineral owners, in oil, gas and mineral transactions and litigation.    

              Leslie Savage is the Chief Geologist for the Oil and Gas Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas. Ms. Savage has been employed with the Commission for 28 years.  Currently, she is responsible for coordinating rulemaking for the division, coordinating with federal and other state agencies, and water quality certification of federal permits.

             Doug Shaw is a Regional Project Manager for the Texas Water Development Board in Austin.  He will be sharing current and projected water use for all categories (municipal, irrigation, livestock and mining), as well as current and projected water supply from the Region F Water Plan.

                A question and answer session will follow the speakers’ presentations. Information can be obtained from the Extension office, 432-354-2381.


County Holds Special Meeting



             The Glasscock County Commissioners’ Court met in special session April 16 (County Judge Kim Halfmann absent). Discussion involved buying road-building materials from Desert Quarry, in which Commissioner Mark Halfmann is a thirty-three percent owner.

                The court discussed the fact that Desert Quarry is the closest pit to the work that needs to be done on CR 220, saving the county money on hauling expenses.  Tests done in San Angelo showed the pit’s material to be of  “very high quality.”

                [Commissioner Mark Halfmann had earlier filed a conflict of interest statement with the county regarding his partial ownership in this pit.]




Photo Workshop Coming in July



Editor’s note: the following information is courtesy the Glasscock County AgriLife Extension Service.


             Pictures tell a story.  Whether it is a portrait of your dog, a picture of a windmill, of a backyard gathering, or of your child in action on the basketball court, every image is a moment in time captured, a little slice of your life or environment.  With busy lives, many of us don’t have the time to dedicate it to using our cameras.  Our fingers get rusty, our impulses slow and we trust the camera to make most of the decisions when taking a picture.  Join Jennifer Davidson for three days to focus on photography, learning how to better control your camera, and more importantly, how to see the world differently.  Hone your skills or learn them for the first time during this mini workshop.  For those returning photographers, we will dig deeper into photography, thinking about the different types of images and how they can be used to tell different parts of our stories. 

             The class will begin with an afternoon session for beginners or those who want a review on exposure and camera functions.  Monday and Tuesday mornings will be spent on location photographing with specific shooting assignments.  Jennifer will be on site to lend direction.  During the afternoon sessions, we’ll review the images that were made that morning, both individually and as a class.  The final session will be Wednesday morning, where Jennifer will talk about post production (what to do with your pictures once they are in your computer).  Bring your camera, your computer and your imagination for this fun-filled few days exploring the world through our cameras.

              Jennifer Davidson is a photographer and photo-educator, originally from Ozona, and now based in Santa Fe, NM.  She loves immersing herself into the world of her subjects to create intimate images, whether they are of children, ranchers, or cultures she encounters on her travels.  Jennifer spends much of her time on the road, teaching photography workshops for National Geographic Expeditions around the country and for Lindblad Expeditions in the Galapagos Islands.  Her website is

                The educational workshop is open to high school students and adults.  It will take place at the Glasscock County Community Center July 1-4.  Lunch is brown-bag, with snacks and drinks provided.  The first day’s session will be from 1-5 p.m., with the following two day’s sessions from 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  The last day’s session will be from 8:30 a.m. – noon.  The cost of the workshop is $150 per person.  Jennifer will accept the first 15 registered and paid individuals to participate in the workshop.

                Participants need to bring a digital camera, preferably a single-lens reflex (SLR), and the user’s manual, extra batteries, memory cards, lenses and a laptop computer (one will be made available if requested).

                The event is being sponsored by Glasscock County AgriLife Extension Service.  Registration forms can be obtained at the Extension office located in the community center at 117 S. Myrl St., Garden City.  You may call the Extension office at 432-354-2381 to have a form e-mailed or mailed to you.  No registration is complete without full payment.




Extension ‘Pink Party’ Set for May 30



               All Glasscock County women are invited to attend a Texas AgriLife Extension Service pink party for their health!  The Friend-to-Friend event will take place at the Glasscock County Community Center on Thursday, May 30. Doors and exhibits open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.  The purpose of the fun educational event is to encourage women to get regular mammograms and cervical screenings for early detection when cancer is most curable.

                The program is free of charge.  Casual dress is welcome, and refreshments and door prizes will be provided.  Spanish interpreters will be available, and Safe Sitter certified babysitters will be on-site to watch children of participants.

                There will be a professional guest speaker, along with personal stories of local cancer survivors.  Women’s health resources will be discussed and provided.  Participants will be educated on what programs and funding are available locally so they can receive needed services.  Even if you have medical insurance, the program is still for you.  Come to be educated, and learn how to help a friend. Contact Charlene Belew, at 354-2381 if you have questions.




Reasons Cited for School Board Closed Sessions



                School Superintendent Steve Long on May 2 provided information to the public regarding state regulations concerning reasons why a school board may meet in closed (executive) session. The regulations are part of the Texas Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Section 551.001 et.Seq.

                Those reasons include, but are not limited to the following:

                • Consultation with attorney • Deliberation regarding real property (purchase, exchange, lease or value) • Deliberation regarding prospective gift/donation • Personnel matters (appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, dismissal, complaint) • School children; school district employees; disciplinary matter or complaint • Personally identifiable information about public school student • Regarding consultation with representative of employee group • Investigation; exclusion of witness from hearing • Deliberation regarding economic development negotiations.

                Final decisions or final vote on any of these matters will be in an open meeting after the closed session ends or at a subsequent public meeting of the board.




In The Spotlight



Britni Cook won the Region II-A medalist title by shooting a final round 74, following a first round 79.  She qualified as an individual for the state tournament where she finished 5th.






  The Senior Citizens group will meet Sunday, May 20 from 2 – 6 p.m. and finger foods will be the fare.


  Voting in the Republican Primary will be May 29.  Early voting dates are May 14 – May 25.  Due to the lack of a county Democratic Party chairman, there will be no Democratic primary.


  Filing dates for school board positions are July 21 – Aug. 20, according to Kathy Wheat. Board members whose terms are expiring are Tibby Niehues, Kevin Hirt, Nathan Halfmann and Doug Jost. Newly elected members will serve four-year terms.


 Phyllis Carlton Byrne is retiring from GCISD after 33 years of teaching and driving a bus.  Everyone in the community is invited to attend the official retirement party Sunday, May 20th from 5 - 7 p.m. at the Glasscock County Community Center.  Cards and letters can be mailed to GCISD, P.O. Box 9, Garden City, TX 79739.


   Swim lessons will be June 11-14 and June 18-21 for ages 3 and up. Email Tibby Niehues at or call 432-264-8220 or 432-354-2220 for more information or to sign up. The cost is $20 per week.


 Burn ban extended.  At a special meeting May 7, the Glasscock County Commissioners’ Court voted to extend the countywide burn ban to Aug. 4.


  Granny’s Cooking, owned and operated by Janie Martinez, is located two miles west of Garden City on Highway 158, north of the water tanks by Cubb's Tires. Janie’s hamburgers are made from scratch and she prepares her burritos with homemade tortillas.  Granny’s is open for breakfast starting at 7 a.m. Monday thru Saturday; lunch is sold until 3 p.m. Monday thru Friday and until 2 p.m. on Saturday.  Janie and her husband Genaro have lived in Garden City since 1975.


  The Buffalo Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America is looking to start a Cub Scout pack in Garden City. Since its beginning, the Cub Scout program has been a fun and educational experience concerned with values. Besides providing a positive place where boys can enjoy safe, wholesome activities, Cub Scouting focuses on building character, improving physical fitness, teaching practical skills, and developing a spirit of community service. For more information, contact Brian Sweeney at 432-212-3577.


  GCHS Classes of 1987 – 1997, MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  A class reunion is planned for the weekend of Sept. 7-8 for the graduates, faculty and families of all who attended GCHS during the years of 1987-1997.  GCHS will host a home football game on Friday, Sept. 7 and a dinner with dance will be held Sept. 8 at the Glasscock County Community Center.  More information will be available via the GC News and the school website.  Contact Christy Carlton Seidenberger (, Jamie Glass Walker ( or Charlene Schrader Belew ( with questions.


  Glasscock County’s Volunteer EMS needs more volunteers.  Contact Christy Seidenberger if interested.


  Glasscock 4H Cancer Warriors thank all who participated and donated to the Howard/Glasscock Relay for Life event on April 19 – 20.  The team raised over $4,850 to benefit American Cancer Society while walking 140 laps in 12 hours.  The team t-shirt received 1st place and their campsite received 3rd place.  Relay for Life is an event that changes lives and we are grateful for those who had a role in raising funds and awareness about cancer.


  Glasscock County Progressive Agriculture Safety Day, focusing on prevention of child injury on a farm, was held at GCISD April 4.  Thanks to Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Glasscock County Youth Board, GCISD School Health Advisory Council, Christy Seidenberger and Charlene Belew for organizing the day.  We also thank the presenters and the event sponsors for making an investment in the safety of Glasscock County Youth.  Sponsors included Helena, Glasscock County Bank, Glasscock County Co-op, St. Lawrence Cotton Growers Assoc., Halfmann’s General Store, Midkiff Co-op, Glasscock County Senior Citizens, Tiffany Matschek Photography, All-Tex Seed, Inc., Crop Production Services, Robin’s Market & Café, Derek & Lyndi Dieringer, Eric Seidenberger, Bayer Crop Science, Phytogen and Monsanto.  Thank You!!!  ---  GCISD Students


  MARK YOUR CALENDAR……KYLE BENNETT in concert Friday, July 6 at the St. Lawrence Hall with proceeds to benefit the Texas Hooter Honeys Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.  ( The Texas Hooter Honeys have registered to walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in Santa Barbara Sept. 22-23.  The money raised will provide women and men the breast cancer screening, support and treatment they need regardless of their ability to pay.  It will also help power leading-edge research teams across the country, fueling their quest for a cure.


  Texas Hooter Honeys are selling raffle tickets for a Carnival 4-day Western Caribbean Cruise at a cost of $10 or three for $25. The Raffle will Friday, July 6 at the Kyle Bennett concert.


  Thank you all for supporting our family with the many cards, visits, food, donations, and prayers during these difficult and unexpected times we have gone through. We are truly blessed to live in this community, and we are very thankful for all that each of you has done for us. I am doing better and am now at home. I am continuously getting stronger day by day. Please continue to keep us in your prayers.  Tony & Elsa Ramirez & kids


  The decedents of James O. & Terry Bigby and Will & Cora Hanson will hold a Bigby-Hanson Family Reunion Saturday, June 2 at the Community Center in Garden City. The Bigby-Hanson Families extend an invitation to any and all friends of the families to come by and visit in the afternoon.

                For more information contact Donald & Wanda Hanson at 432-349-9022, Linda Clements Casey at 940-569-1567, or Pattie Clements Olive at 417-993-0382. 


  A meal for county volunteers will be Sunday, Aug. 19 at the Community Center.  More information to follow.


  Glasscock County Sheriff’s Office Monthly Report April 1 - 30: Wrecks – 19, Livestock/Animal Calls – 6, Medical Calls – 6,

 Rescue – 2, Fires – 0, Assist Motorist – 7, Arrests – 6, Other – 33, Oilfield Calls –2, Theft –2, Total Citations – 43.




Texas Communities Join Hands Against Child Abuse



Editor’s note: the following information is from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.


It’s a dark side of humanity that we don't like to think about, much less talk about. It's a cancer that destroys families, scars lives, and weakens our communities. But, child abuse simply can't be ignored.

During Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) is teaming with local governments and community groups across the state to call attention to how to prevent, recognize, and report child abuse.

Last year:

  •  231 Texas children died because of abuse or neglect at the hands of their parents or guardians.
  • 65,948 children were confirmed victims of abuse or neglect.
  • 17,108 children were removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect.

Report Abuse & Neglect

Everyone can fight child abuse and reduce its terrible toll by listening to what children are saying and learning about the signs of child abuse at If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected - don't count on someone else to do something - report it to the Abuse and Neglect Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or online at

Children Awaiting Adoption

Last year more than 17,000 children were removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect. While the vast majority will return home, some will need new permanent homes. There are more than 6,000 children in state care waiting for a family, many asking, "Why Not Me?" Find out how you can help at 

Hotlines and Websites

·         Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-252-5400 or

·         Child Abuse Prevention:

·         Texas Runaway Hotline (1-888-580-HELP) & website:

·         Texas Youth Hotline (1-800-210-2278) & website:

·         Texas adoption resource exchange: 

      Infant Sleeping Death Prevention: and




4-H News:


              At the District Six 4-H Roundup April 28, Glasscock 4-H Club had 25 youth competing in their respective contests.  Results include:

              Share-the-Fun - Choreographed Routine (senior):  Lexie Schaefer, Hannah Halfmann, Brylie Schaefer, Holly Halfmann- 1st place; Choreographed Routine (junior):  Ryan Halfmann, Zach Burnett, Dakota Roberts, Shay Miller, Emily Braden- 1st place;

              Celebrate 4-H:  (senior) Colton Belew, Shanna Halfmann, Shawn Walker, Sam Miller, Chapman Royall, Peyton Schaefer- 1st place;

               Poetry/Prose (intermediate):  Ally Burnett, Scott Miller, Allison Halfmann, Cade Braden, Kenzie Schaefer- 1st place;


             Fashion Storyboard:  Claire Fuchs- 1st place, accessory (junior), Ashlyn Koenning- 2nd place, wearable (intermediate), Kamie Halfmann- 1st place, pet clothing (senior), Entomology Identification (senior):  Kadden Kothmann- 1st place

            All seniors will advance to state competition at Texas Tech University in June.


• Livestock Judging:

             South Plains College Contest, April 13: Brody Halfmann - 10th high overall.

              District 6 Contest, April 21: 
 Senior Team - Brody Halfmann, Reggie Halfmann, Blayne Batla and Bryson Batla - 1st place; Intermediate Team: Allison Halfmann, Matthew Halfmann, Rafe Royall and Peyton Royall - 2nd place.

             Individual Placings:  Seniors - Brody Halfmann 1st, Blayne Batla 2nd, Reggie Halfmann 4th, Peyton Schaefer 6th, Bryson Batla 7th; Intermediates: Rafe Royall 2nd, Allison Halfmann 6th, Matthew Halfmann 8th, Peyton Royall 9th

               The senior team advanced to state contest in June.


 State Fair Scholarship winner:  Reggie Halfmann, $5000.




From the Schoolhouse


Jr. High State TMSCA Meet Results:


             Sweepstakes:  4th Overall

             Number Sense - 4th team, 8th grade, Hope Halfmann 8th, Rafe Royall 13th, Seth Miller 17th; 7th grade, Jackson Abney 9th; 6th grade, Scott Miller 3rd, Xalli Sotelo 10th, Kenzie Schaefer 13th.

             Calculator - 3rd team, 8th grade, Mikki Barron 4th, Ashlyn Koenning 6th, Hugo Almazan 13th, Seth Miller 17th, Megan Hughes 17th, Rafe Royall 22nd; 7th grade, Nohemi Cardenas 3rd, Itzamara Carranza 4th, Kortney Halfmann 9th; 6th grade, Derek Halfmann 2nd, Cade Braden 6th, Scott Miller 7th, Ally Burnett 11th.             

              Math - 7th team, 8th grade, Hugo Almazan13th, Carlie Hollingsworth 15th, Rafe Royall 20th; 7th grade, Jackson Abney13th, Nohemi Cardenas 13th, 6th grade, Cade Braden 11th, Kenzie Schaefer 12th, Scott Miller 14th, Ally Burnett 14th.

             Science - 7th team, 8th grade, Rafe Royall 8th, Seth Miller 14th, Braeden Jones 19th; 7th grade, Jackson Abney 19th.



Regional UIL Results:


          Individuals: Kadden Kothmann - 3rd Number Sense, State Qualifier; Craig Wheeler - 6th Ready Writing; Lexie Schaefer - 6th Mathematics, 4th Calculator, State Alternate

             Number Sense Team - 3rd Place



UIL District Meet Results:


Calculator – 2nd Team: Lexie Schaefer – 1st, Regionals, Brazos Hirt – 5th; Current Issues – July Jost – 6th; Editorial Writing – Austin Hoelscher – 4th, Sarah Hoelscher – 6th; Feature Writing – Jessi Jones – 1st, Regionals, Sarah Hoelscher – 4th; Informative Speaking – Shanna Halfmann – 4th; Mathematics – 2nd Team: Lexie Schaefer – 2nd, Regionals; Number Sense – 2nd Team – Wild Card – Regionals, Ashley Halfmann – 2nd, Regionals, Kadden Kothmann – 5th, Brazos Hirt, Lexie Schaefer; News Writing – Craig Wheeler – 6th;  Poetry – Kamie Halfmann – 6th; Ready Writing – Craig Wheeler – 3rd, Regionals; Science – Reggie Halfmann - Top Physics – Regionals; Cx Debate – 2nd Team – Kadden Kothmann, Brazos Hirt



Robotics Teams Results:


              Garden City’s Black Gold Team placed 1st in the inventions category at the state TCEA, competing with 33 teams 1A-5A. Team members are Sarah Hoelscher, Colton Belew, July Jost, and Cody Halfmann.

             The Average Joe's Team placed 7th in the arena category of the state TCEA competition, 58 teams 1A - 5A. Team members were Craig Wheeler, Grant Jeffress, Austin Hoelscher, Peyton Schaefer, and Brody Halfmann.




Elementary GEAR Robotics:


              Glasscock County Elementary entered the GEAR Robotics Competition in which a total of 59 teams from the surrounding area participated. The challenge this year was centered around oil field clean up and repairs.

              Team Results:  Team 1 Marlee Odom and Karli Tubb, 1st place, Young Engineers Award; Team 2 Lyndee Walker and Kenzie Schaefer, Participation Award; Team 3 Cade Braden and Parker Koenning, Judges Award; Team 4 Scott Miller and Carter Abney 2nd place, Field Competition



Region II-A Golf Tournament Results:


                Girls’ team finished fourth overall.  Britni Cook, who won the medalist title, qualified for the state tourney.  See Spotlight item.  Boys’ team finished ninth overall, lead by Austin Hoelscher.



State Track Meet:


                Kamie Halfmann finished ninth in the 3200 meter run with a time of 12:43.39.  This is Kamie’s second trip to state, having placed 9th as a freshman in 2011.  She finished second in the 3200 at Regionals to advance to state.



FFA News:


Livestock Judging:


              The livestock judging team qualified for the state contest, placing 1st in the Area II contest out of 35 teams competing. The members of the team, which also placed 1st in the district contest, are Reggie Halfmann, Brody Halfmann, Blayne Batla, and Bryson Batla.


Cotton Classing:


              The cotton classing team consisting of Sarah Hoelscher, Cody Halfmann, and July Jost placed 2nd in district, 8th in Area, and 16th in state out of 87 teams competing.  


Dates to Note:



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


REMINDER:  Schedules are subject to change!






    Vicki Lynn Bates Ratliff died May 2, 2012, and was buried in Rankin Cemetery. She was born June 3, 1942 to Howard and Clara Bates of Fort Stockton.

                She attended high school in Fort Stockton, attended Texas Tech University, then married Rusty Ratliff. They moved to Rankin in May of 1965 and ranched in Upton County since.

                Vicki cared deeply for her community and was involved in many organizations. As a leader of the Upton Co. 4-H Club, she taught 2 generations of 4-H'ers. She was known as Nonie to her grandchildren, but to many people, young and old, Nonie was simply her name. Supporting the students of Rankin Schools was her passion, and she could easily be called the #1 fan of the Rankin Red Devils.

               She was preceded in death by her son Randall Todd Ratliff. She is survived by her husband James B. Ratliff III, known as Rusty; her children Karrie Ann Self and husband Mark, Kimberly Kay Teague and husband Billy; grandchildren Kaycie Rae Teague, Kylee Elizabeth Self, Randall Tate Teague and Ty Austin Self who all were the love of her life. She is also survived by two sisters, Pam Peterson and Judi Ann Ross.



  Katherine Sturtz, 76, of San Angelo and formerly of Garden City, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at Sagecrest in San Angelo. She was buried in Prairie View Cemetery in Gilman, Iowa.

               Katherine was born Nov. 5, 1935, in Grinnell, Iowa, the daughter of Edward B. and Sarah Evelyn Miller Peak. She was raised in Gilman and graduated from Gilman High School in 1954. She received her BS degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, in 1958, and did extensive graduate work.

              On June 29, 1958, she married Vernon Sturtz in Grinnell. He preceded her in death in 1977. She lived most of her life in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and in the Gilman area. She taught school for 26 years in Iowa; three of those she served as a supervising teacher for senior students from ISU.

              She moved to Garden City after her retirement in 1998, subbed in the Garden City schools for 10 years and spent one year working for Howard College in Big Spring. Katherine was civically minded and actively involved in many organizations, committees, clubs and boards, including church, schools, business and community.

             Survivors include two sons, Steve (Bridgett) Sturtz of San Angelo and Greg Sturtz of Midland; one granddaughter, Caitlin Paige Sturtz; five step-grandchildren, Cole (Ami) Doss, Cade (Lauren Plagens, fiancée) Doss, and Jordan, Saegan and Edwin Jost; three sisters, Sandy Tokle of Grinnell, Carolyn (Rich) Stadtmueller of Monticello, Iowa, and Polly Knoll of Waukee, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Jan Peak of Grinnell; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one brother, Ed Peak; one brother-in-law, Ray Tokle; and a niece, Jennifer Knoll.

               Memorial contributions may be directed to the Garden City Methodist Church or Glasscock County 4-H.



  Annalee Hillger Sims ‘MiMi’, 74, died April 7, 2012, in Midland, Texas and was buried at Greenwood Cemetery.

             She served on several committees through her church since 1985. She also served as a Sunday school teacher, Day Care Board member and a substitute teacher at Greenwood. She volunteered at the Baptist Crisis Center for over 20 years. One of her many passions was the Prison Ministry, to which she dedicated 22 years of her life. She will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

             She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry William Hillger and Edna Lee Overton Hillger; one son, Clyde Berry Cunningham; one brother, Dale Roy Hillger and one great granddaughter, Kelsey Rhoton.

             She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Paul J. Sims; daughter, Beverly Lentz and her husband Brad; son, James "Jimmy" Cunningham and his wife TJ; son, Joey Sims and his girlfriend Wendy McKenzie; son, Robert Sims and wife Louise Sims; son, Wayne Sims and wife Missy; two brothers, Robert Hillger and wife Leta; David Hillger and wife Debbie and three sister in laws, Jo Ann Hillger, Vada Moore and husband Thomas and Shirlene Miles; 16 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. 

            In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Greenwood Baptist Church Building Fund, 10908 FM 307 Midland, TX 79706.



Next Issue Date and Deadline

             The next issue of the Glasscock County News will be June 13, 2012. The deadline for that issue is June 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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