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The Archer County News Archer City, Texas

January 16, 2020

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Dollar General coming to Windthorst By Blake Gumprecht

to look inside the vehicle. That’s when he saw that the metal pole had passed through the entire length of the truck, through the front and rear passenger seats, before being stopped by the tailgate. “My initial reaction was, ‘Thank God there wasn’t a passenger,’” England said. “Then I was told moments later that there was a passenger. That’s when my heart sank. I realized how critical the accident could have been.” England knows both teens. He teaches a criminal justice class at Archer City High School. The 17-year-old is one of his former students. The 15-year-old is currently enrolled in his class. “I was grateful that I didn’t have a funeral to attend,” England said, “and that I didn’t have to go to school the next day with an empty chair. That’s when it hit me. That’s where I might have teared up a little bit.” The teens’ father, Tony Pollock, arrived at the scene of the accident shortly after it happened and couldn’t believe what he saw. “I was in shock,” he said. “I was just thankful that my son was standing there next to me. I still can picture my son being dead. I can picture that thing being stuck in his chest.” The first thing the 15-year-old said when he saw England was to ask whether they were going to discuss the accident in criminal justice class the next day. They did. England spoke

The town of Windthorst presently has no chain stores. But that will change soon. Discount retailer Dollar General is opening a store on U.S. Highway 281 in Windthorst. It will be located about a mile north of the intersection of Highway 281 and state Highway 25, next door to North Texas Dairy Supply. The arrival of Dollar General is inspiring concern from Maria Plascencia, who manages the Lucky Dollar grocery store in Windthorst. Lucky Dollar is the only grocer in town and will be the store that will compete most directly with Dollar General. “It’s kind of scary,” said Plascencia, who has worked at the store for 17 years and became manager two years ago. “I’m kind of afraid, not just for me but for the other girls that work for me. It’s going to take some of our business away.” The Windthorst store will be Dollar General’s second in Archer County. It already has a store in Archer City. Company officials said the retailer has no plans to open additional stores in the county, though Holliday, Lakeside City, and Scotland seem large enough to support such stores, based on the chain’s locational strategies elsewhere. Dollar General hasn’t announced when the store will open, except to say that will happen in “early 2020.” On December 1, it advertised for five employees for the store online, though not for a store manager, so presumably that person had already been hired. The developer building the store for Dollar General completed the exterior in December. Electricians were working on wiring after Christmas. The lights were on two weeks ago and laborers were working inside the store. Last week, Dollar General’s bright yellow sign was installed in front of the store and on the store front. Dollar General has quickly become one of the largest chains in the United States in terms of number of stores and is ranked in the top 20 U.S. retailers in sales. The retailer has more than 15,000 stores in 44 states, more than Walmart, 7-Eleven, CVS, or Mc-

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A 15-year-old student from Archer City High School was nearly impaled when this fence pole pierced and passed entirely through the truck in which he was riding, including the seat above, where he was sitting. Photos by Matt England, Archer City Police Department.

Archer City high school student nearly impaled in freak accident By Blake Gumprecht Physics, the invisible forces that govern so much that we take for granted, may have saved the life of an Archer City High School student last week. The 15-year-old was riding in a white Ford F150 pickup truck driven by his 17-year old brother that was traveling north last Tuesday on Texas Highway 79, about two miles north of Archer City and just north of Davis Road. The 15-year old is a sophomore at Archer City High School while his brother is a senior. Their names were not released because both are under 18 years old. Ahead of them, a woman driving a white SUV stopped, then waited for southbound traffic to pass so that she could turn left into the gated driveway of her home. But the driver of the pickup later said he looked down momentarily and didn’t see that the SUV was stopped. He looked up at the last second before he would have slammed into the rear of the SUV at a high rate of speed, then swerved off the road to avoid hitting it. The truck sideswiped a metal horse fence, knocking it down, and a horizontal pole that ran atop the fence pierced the hood of the truck. In a bizarre and unbelievable turn of events, the pole then passed through the entire engine area of the car, penetrated the passenger side airbag and glove compartment, and went

straight through the the backrest of the passenger seat, where the 15-year-old was sitting, about chest high. Matt England, a sergeant with the Archer City Police Department and the first law enforcement officer on the scene, said that when the car swerved to the right, the 15-year-old’s body likely swung in the opposite direction, so that the fence pole that impaled his seat narrowly missed him. “When you swing to the right, your body goes to the left,” England said. “That’s what saved his life, in my opinion.” The 15-year-old suffered swelling to his elbow, but was cleared by medics at the scene. His father said later in the week that his back also hurt. The teen, England said, seemed unphased by how lucky he’d been. In fact, he took a video of the accident scene, posted it on TikTok, a video-sharing website, and bragged in school the next day that it had been viewed 160,000 times. He didn’t see the stopped SUV either because he was looking down at his phone. “He was on his phone the whole time,” England said. When England first arrived on the scene, he recognized the truck. He knows the family of the two teens. They recently moved to Wichita Falls. At first, the accident looked minor. It appeared that the truck had merely scraped up against the fence. Then someone told England

Ballot set for local elections in March primary By Blake Gumprecht The ballot is now set for all local races in the primary election that will be held on March 3. Feb. 3 is the last day to register to vote. Early voting will be held from Feb. 18 to 28. In addition to voting for national and state races and propositions, including president, Archer County voters will cast ballots for candidates for 12 local offices. In overwhelmingly Republican Archer County, there are no Democrats running for local offices, except for Democratic party chair. Phyllis Wright is running unop-

posed for that office. That means all local elections will really be decided in March, not November, unless a run-off is required. A run-off is triggered if no candidate receives a majority of votes — 50 percent of votes plus one. Judge Jack McGaughey, first elected in 2013, will run unopposed for district judge in the 97th Judicial District. Incumbent Casey Polhemus and William Knowlton, an attorney in Henrietta, will compete for district attorney in the 97th Judicial District. Polhemus has been district attorney since 2017.

David Levy will run unopposed for reelection as Archer County attorney. Simon Dwyer, chief deputy in

the Archer County Sheriff ’s office, and Jack Curd, a police officer in Holliday, will face off to succeed Archer County Sheriff Staci Beesinger, who is retiring. Dawn Vieth will run unop-

posed for reelection as Archer County assessor-collector. She has held that office since 2017. Two Archer County commissioner seats will be up for election. Four candidates will compete to replace Richard Shelley for the precinct 1 seat. They are Wade Scarbrough, John Pezzano, Darrell Bounds, and Jeff Boyd. That appears to be the only election that could require a runoff. Pat Martin III will run opposed for re-election for the precinct 3 commissioner seat. Three Archer County constable seats will be up for election. Jeremy Maxwell is challenging

incumbent Doug Strange for the precinct 1 seat. Donald Stevens is running unopposed in precinct 2. Incumbent Brett Hoff is running unopposed in precinct 4. Leslie Hash will run unopposed to replace Rhiannon Myracle as Republican party chair. Voters must choose whether to vote in the Republican or Democratic primary. Voters do not select a party affiliation when they register to vote in Texas. Voters 65 and older, as well as disabled persons, are eligible to vote by mail. To request a ballot, call Archer County Election Administration office at 574-2645.








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Community calendar Thursday, Jan. 16: Archer City Council meeting, City Hall, 118 S. Sycamore St., 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19: Mandatory safety meeting for people interested in participating in 4-H rifle or pistol shooting, Archer County Shooting Sports Center, 2 p.m. RSVP to the County Extension Office, 574-4914, by 5 p.m. on Jan. 17. Monday, Jan. 20: Archer County Shooting Sports Association meeting, Shooting Sports Gun Club, 1000 W. South St., 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Lakeside City Council meeting, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25: Learn about and try a prehistoric weapon, the atlati, Lake Thunderbird State Park, 2 p.m. (free with park admission). Sunday, Jan. 26: Learn to fish with a park ranger, Lake Thunderbird State Park, 10 a.m. (free with park admission; meet at the floating docks). Monday, Jan. 27: Archer County Commissioners’ Court meeting, Archer County Courthouse Annex, 112 E. Walnut St., 10 a.m.; Archer City ISD school board meeting, Administration Building, 600 S. Ash St., 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2: Scotland’s annual German sausage meal, Knights of Columbus, U.S. Highway 281, Columbus, 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (or until food runs out). Cost is $12 for adults, $5 for children under age 12. Monday, Feb. 17: Signup meeting for 4-H trap shooting, Archer County Shooting Sports Center, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19: Mandatory safety meeting for participants in 4-H trap shooting, Archer County Shooting Sports Center, 6:30 p.m. RSVP to the County Extension Office, 574-4914, by 5 p.m. on Feb. 14. Sunday, March 29: Archer Service Center annual burger bash, in front of First State Bank, 201 S. Center St., 11:30-1:30 p.m. Send information about community events to

News briefs Graham man killed in head-on collision A 42-year-old Graham man was killed in a head-on collision on Texas Highway 16 last Thursday. The man, John Michael Wood, was driving a 2018 Buick southbound on Highway 16, 1.3 miles north of the Archer-Young county line, when it crossed the centerline about 5:15 p.m. and drove into the path of a 2019 Chevrolet 2500 pickup, colliding with it head on. Wood was pronounced dead at the scene. The Chevrolet pickup was driven by Spender Smith, of Polk, Nebraska. It was pulling a stock trailer carrying goats that he had purchased in Graham. Smith was taken by ambulance to United Regional Hospital in Wichita Falls. He was treated for minor injuries and released. The goats were unharmed. Texas Highway Patrol spokesman Dan Buesing said that it was unlikely any charges would be filed in the accident because the deceased was the driver of the car that crossed the center line, causing the accident. Scotland’s annual sausage meal will be Feb. 2 Scotland’s annual German sausage meal, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will be Sunday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., or until food runs out. The meal will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall on U.S. Highway 281 in Scotland. It is the main fundraiser for the Scotland chapter of the Knights of Columbus. Profits will be used to support activities at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Scotland and in the community. The annual sausage meal will be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The first meal was held in 1980. The Knights of Columbus will cook more than 3,600 pounds of homemade German sausage, “with that special blend of seasoning that makes it so unforgettable,” according to a flyer promoting the event. The meal will also include sauerkraut with spareribs, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, vegetables, bread, drinks, and homemade dessert. Local dairy farmers will provide cheese to accompany the meal. Cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children under age 12. Takeout plates will be available. Uncooked sausage will also be on sale. The St. Boniface Catholic Church Altar Society and Christian Mothers organization will be holding bake sales in conjunction with the event, selling homemade bread, pies, cakes, cinnamon rolls, cookies, candy, and more. Artist seeks photos for Archer County book Archer City artist Kathy Morrison, who painted the branded horse at Walsh Park and a mural on a wall facing American National Bank and Trust on West Main Street, is preparing a book on cattle brands in Archer County. She has decided to add a chapter in her book featuring photographs of Archer County. They don’t have to be related to brands. They can be current or historical photos. She is asking anyone with photos that they think would be worthwhile to lend her the photos so she can scan them. “I would love old ranch pictures, old oilfield pictures, old dairy pictures, rodeo pictures, queen contests (at) homecoming, church functions, even your granny’s prizewin(ning) jelly, or new ones,” Morrison said. “Whatever is near and dear to their heart, I’m sure will touch someone else, too.” Morrison needs the photos in a hurry — by Jan. 20 — to meet a deadline for her book. People with photos they would like her to consider can drop them off at Murn’s, Cobwebs, or the Archer City Visitor Center. They can also email them to She promises to return all prints once she has scanned them.

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Scotland, Lakeside City appoint new City Council representatives By Blake Gumprecht Scotland and Lakeside City are getting new City Council members, who are replacing council members who stepped down. Tracy Boswell, 57, a retired dental assistant, became Scotland’s newest City Council member on Monday night when she was sworn in at Scotland’s monthly council meeting. She replaces Rose Holland, who moved from Scotland after her husband died. Kim Williams, 37, a testing coordinator for Blue Cross Blue Shield, will become Lakeside City’s newest City Council member on Tuesday. She is replacing Donald Stevens, who resigned in November after six years in the position to run for Archer County constable. Boswell was born and raised in Wichita Falls. She moved with her husband to Windthorst in 1980 when he got a job at a Berend Bros. hog farm. She later went to work for the same company, working at its egg plant. They moved to Scotland in 1999 when they bought a home there, moving out of Berend Bros.-owned housing. They raised two sons, who attended Windthorst schools. Both sons are now grown. Boswell later became a dental assistant in Wichita Falls, but retired last year. Her husband now does home remodeling. She seemed slightly puzzled about why she was chosen to become a City Council member since she and her husband are outliers in the close-knit German Catholic community. They aren’t native, have no family there, and aren’t Catholic. Asked if she has been active in civic affairs in Scotland previously, she replied, “I wish I could say so, but, honestly, no.” She had never attended a

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Kim Williams City Council meeting before Monday night. But she said her family has become part of the community simply by virtue of their longevity in Scotland. “Everybody knows us,” she said. “We are the ones that stuck out.” Boswell said that Mayor Ron Hoff asked her if she would be interested in joining City Council. She had no idea why they thought of her. “For whatever reason, my name came up,” she said. “They asked if I would be interested. I thought, ‘Why not?’ It would be good if I could help in some way.” Williams, in contrast, has been active in civic affairs in Lakeside City, but it’s also a larger city and has a

more formal process for appointing new council members between elections. She has been a member of the Lakeside City Events Committee since 2016 and has been the resident group’s secretary for the last two years. The group plans two big concerts each year and other events in the city’s park. Williams grew up just north of Archer City and is a 2001 graduate of Archer City High School. She attended Midwestern State University and lived in Wichita Falls until she and her family moved to Lakeside City five years ago. They were attracted to Lakeside City because it is a small community where she says people watch out for one another. Even before they moved there, her daughter transferred to Holliday schools because she and her husband wanted their kids to go to a small school like she did growing up. “It reminds me of growing up in a small town,” she said. “It’s like a big family and I like that.” Williams has frequently attended City Council meetings in the past because of her work with the Events Committee, which occasionally seeks money from the council for its events. When Stevens resigned in November, the city put out a call for applications to fill the vacancy and Williams decided to apply. “I’m always barking at my kids saying that they need to get involved,” she said. “It’s important to give back to other people. I want to show my kids that it’s important to be part of your community.” Eight people applied for the vacancy. Council narrowed the pool to four and interviewed them in executive session at its regular December meeting. It voted to appoint Williams that night.

Obituary James W. ‘Jim’ Stallcup Wichita Falls James W. “Jim” Stallcup, age 76, of Wichita Falls, Texas passed away Wednesday morning, Jan. 8, at hospice of Wichita Falls. Services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Texoma Cowboy Church, 919 U.S. Highway 281, Wichita Falls, with Pastor John Riggs and Terry McCurrin officiating. Interment will follow in St. Boniface Cemetery in Scotland, Texas, under the

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Opinion Archer City, Texas

January 16, 2020

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Editor is new here, but not so new to Texas I’ve been flirting with Texas for most of my adult life. I’ve traveled in Texas more times than I can count, have visited every corner of the state, and have nearly moved here multiple times. I’ve always been curious about Texas, even fascinated by it. I was a geographer for more than two decades — I still am, really — and geographers are interested in the meanings places hold for people and the attachments people have for particular places. Few places on earth inspire such strong feelings as Texas does for Texans. Few people are more passionate about their home state than people here. I don’t know why that is, but I’m going to try to figure it out. I probably first visited Texas

when I was an undergraduate at the University of Kansas and traveled west twice for newspaper internships in Southern California. Later, I lived in Chicago and my wife-to-be and I spent one Christmas holiday driving twolane roads all over Texas. Later we moved to Los Angeles and no doubt passed through Texas on our way. My interest in Texas seemed to increase every time I crossed the state’s borders. I even subscribed to Texas Monthly for several years. When we were living in LA, I first contemplated returning to the newspaper business and was offered a job as sports editor of the Hereford Brand in the panhandle. But my wife’s music business job paid more than I would have made, so I had to turn it down.

I attended graduate school in Louisiana and Oklahoma. Both times my wife stayed in LA while I went to school, so I passed back and forth through Texas repeatedly as I drove to and from school. Blake Gumprecht Editor I’ve always had a thing for Texas music. Like my wife, I was once in the music business. I worked with two Texas artists, Steve Earle and Lyle Lovett, when they first started out. It was Steve who introduced me to the music of legendary Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt. On my own, I developed a love

for three relatively obscure musicians from West Texas — Terry Allen, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock — whose music is imbued with a strong sense of place. There is a relatively obscure corner of academic geography called music geography. But I found most of the work called that to be unimaginative. It largely ignored the ability of music to evoke a sense of place. So I wrote an article about Allen, Ely, and Hancock, and spent several days driving around West Texas, taking photos and getting to know the region. I titled my article after one of Allen’s albums: “Lubbock on Everything.” I also discovered that the accent people have in the region centered on Lubbock is my favorite accent anywhere.

After I got my Ph.D. at OU, I interviewed for jobs at Texas Tech and Texas A&M. I was offered the Texas Tech job. I liked the folks there, but my Chicago-bred wife resisted moving to Lubbock. When I began to plot my return to journalism in 2016 and contemplated buying a small weekly, I considered numerous Texas papers. Two years later, I nearly bought the Quanah Tribune-Chief. Before I started a weekly in New Mexico, I considered buying a paper. I took a week-long driving trip around West Texas to investigate possibilities. So while I may be a new Texas resident, I’m not really new to Texas. I’ve been flirting with Texas for a long time. We’ve finally gotten together.

Am I the only mom with such rules? By Tyra Damm For years I’ve been led to believe that I am the only mom in all of Frisco, Texas, who makes teens charge phones outside of the bedroom. More recently, I have also been accused of being the only mom in Frisco who polices the length of crop tops. At a holiday party, though, I met my parenting twin from neighboring Allen — another mom in the trenches who also insists that her high-schoolers sleep without phones and who also has an eye on midriffs. She, too, has been told that she’s the “only mom.” We were thrilled to find each other, and we’re even more convinced that we’re not alone. I take the “only mom who” moniker in stride, of course. There aren’t many (any?) teens who agree 100% with their parents’ choices. Our vision for their future often clashes with their vision for what they want right now. They need us to set boundaries, offer guidance and say no. They rely on adults to govern according to logic while they act and react with emotion — though we shouldn’t expect a written thankyou note for that work anytime soon. (And, let’s be honest, we adults sometimes rely on emotion, too.) The wild variations of how to raise tiny people into adults become more obvious as our children become more aware of their peers — adding yet another challenge to the already weighty task of parenting. When we take on our children as newborns, the choices are overwhelming yet containable. Breastfeeding, formula or a combination of both. Cloth or disposable diapers. Bassinet, co-sleeping or bed-sharing. We rely on books, advice and experience as we go. As those babies get older, there are exponentially more choices for food, sleep schedules, potty training, play routines, exposure to literacy and discipline. And we keep adjusting based on personalities, circumstances and reactions. By the time our children arrive for the first day of kindergarten, they are survivors of at least 1,800

days of both our purposeful and reactionary parenting variables. (That’s one of the many reasons that there’s a special place in heaven for kindergarten teachers.) When our babies turn 13, they’ve endured about 4,750 days of guidance from their well-meaning (and sometimes befuddled) guardians, with layers upon layers of rules, expectations and non-negotiables. The results vary from house to house and even child to child, and by high school, good gracious, the options seem unlimited. Screen time, access to social media, curfews. Study habits, homework, grades. Chores, allowances, budgets. Parties, relationships, supervision. Freedoms, restrictions, privileges. We’ve all got the best intentions as we cobble together our parenting plans, and not a single one looks the same. Yet we’re all wanting pretty much the same thing: well-adjusted humans who can create their own happiness, take care of themselves and others, and do good in the world. My rule about smartphones at night developed because they don’t need nonstop access to the entire world every second of the day and because humans need uninterrupted sleep and because other teens don’t have the same rule (or break the rule, as has happened more than once in this house) and send texts and DMs way past midnight. The American Academy of Pediatrics, in fact, recommends media-free zones in the home, including bedrooms. Am I the only parent with this phone rule? Nope. Will I be swayed to change my mind simply because other parents have a different idea? Probably not. Will teenagers all over the world until the end of time use this “only” line to try to persuade their parents to change their minds? Absolutely. When today’s teens are parents themselves, they may even reexamine their logic and establish some unpopular rules in their own homes. If we’re lucky, they might even remember to thank us. Tyra Damm is a columnist for the Dallas Morning News.

The Archer County News (USPS 029-200) Blake Gumprecht Editor and Publisher Volume 106, Number 3 Published every Thursday PO Box 1250 • 104 East Walnut Street Archer City, TX 76351-1250 (940) 574-4569 Mail subscriptions $35 in Archer County $40 elsewhere in Texas $45 in other states Periodicals postage paid at Archer City, TX. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Archer County News, PO Box 1250, Archer City, TX 76351. Member, Texas Press Association

Railroad commission should exert greater control in boom By James Coleman Texas is now the center of history’s biggest oil and gas boom. This boom, like past booms, is cementing the U.S. as the world’s superpower. But as in those earlier booms, our regulators may need to slow production slightly to preserve our natural resources and the health of our oil industry. Texas producers are now draining so much oil and natural gas that there aren’t enough purchasers to use all of the gas. Oil and gas often come from the same well. The industry sells the oil but cannot build pipelines fast enough to get all the new gas production to distant gas consumers. As a result, producers are burning off, or flaring, more and more gas — wasting this clean burning gas, which is prized by consumers and industry around the world. The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently reported that the U.S. is flaring more gas than ever before. Texas alone now flares more gas than many states use. These flares, burning roundthe-clock, can be seen from space — nighttime satellite pictures make the Permian Basin look like Texas’s biggest metropolis. This tremendous waste of resources is sparking both public concern and private lawsuits, with regulators, landowners and the industry all pointing fingers at different villains. But for solutions, Texas need only look to its past. The Railroad Commission of Texas, despite its name, is the

world’s premier oil and gas regulator. During the 1930s, Texas dominated oil production to an extent never equaled, pumping as much as a quarter of the world’s oil. During that oil boom, the Railroad Commission learned an important lesson: Sometimes to maximize the value of an oil bonanza, you have to slow it down a little. Everyone knows that as oil production rises, the price of oil falls. But individual companies can’t do anything about that. Instead, they have to take what they can get for their oil, find ways to produce more for less, and hope for higher prices. But a dominant regulator can help all companies by slowing down all production a bit. As production slows, prices rise, benefiting all companies. In 1931, the Railroad Commission changed the oil industry forever when it began limiting oil production to ensure higher prices. Companies tried to evade these limits and cheating on the limits became more profitable as prices rose. Texas eventually had to send in the Texas Rangers and the National Guard to enforce the law. But when the limits were enforced, oil companies benefited. They sold slightly less oil, but received substantially higher prices. Ever since, the Railroad Commission’s limits on oil production have been used as a model by dominant commodity producers around the world. Today, the Railroad Commission has far less influence on Tex-

as oil prices. Our global oil market means that local prices depend on supply and demand around the world. But the commission can shape Texas gas prices. There aren’t enough pipelines and gas export facilities to bring the new flood of gas to market, so local prices are very dependent on local production. Modest reductions in local production can lead to substantial prices increases. Such limits could benefit all producers and preserve Texas’s natural resources until they can be brought to market for their full value. The Railroad Commission should moderate the pace of the current boom to ensure that Texas gets full value for its gas. It could reject some new flaring permits, although that kind of all-or-nothing regulation might be unfair to the rejected companies. It could also impose modest limits on gas production, forcing all companies to slow their production and also ensuring higher prices for all. The commission is properly cautious about intervening in one of the free market’s biggest energy success stories. But careful regulations can build on the commission’s legacy of using production limits to ensure the long-term health of the oil and gas industry. James Coleman is an associate professor at Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law in Dallas and publishes the Energy Law Professor blog. He wrote this column for The Dallas Morning News.

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Dollar General creating concern in Windthorst Continued from page 1 Donald’s. The retailer is ubiquitous in small towns throughout the South and Midwest (it started in Kentucky and is based in Tennessee). Towns too small for any other national chain often have a Dollar General. There were 1,346 Dollar Generals in Texas in 2019, more than in any other state. Dollar General is most often compared to the general store of an earlier era, but with low prices as its chief attraction. It carries a little bit of everything. Stores are relatively small, about double the size of a convenience store, which allows shoppers to get in and out in a hurry. The retailer jams a remarkable variety of products into its stores, everything from motor oil to underwear to discount DVDs. The typical store carries more than 10,000 different items. Basics like toilet paper, cleaning supplies, and over-the-counter health and beauty products seem most popular.

The arrival of Dollar General has frightened merchants in small towns across the country, but the impact is often less than feared. The chain carries groceries, but it would be difficult to buy all your groceries there. It carries medicine, but will never compete with a pharmacy that can fill prescriptions. It carries too small of a selection in any category to displace retailers specializing in that category. In small towns, it may compete most directly with Walmart stores located in nearby cities because it can save consumers a trip to someplace like Wichita Falls if all they need is bulk toilet paper or other essentials that Dollar General carries. Still, merchants like Lucky Dollar’s Plascencia know her store will have to adjust. She knows Dollar General can sell products for lower prices because it can buy merchandise in much greater quantity. “I’m going to have to bring some of my prices down,” she said. “We can’t go much lower.

If we bring in a case, and they’re bringing in pallets, there’s not much we can do.” Plascencia said Lucky Dollar might reduce its stock of toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning products, and other merchandise that consumers may be more likely to buy at Dollar General. She said she has discussed with owner Ward Campbell of Haigood & Campbell the possibility of adding prepared food at Lucky Dollar — perhaps a taco bar — as a way to differentiate the store from Dollar General. Lucky Dollar may remove a couple aisles to make that possible. “We do have a kitchen here,” she said. Plascencia is confident that her customers will continue to do most of their grocery shopping at Lucky Dollar because she believes it offers superior customer service to Dollar General and is cleaner and better organized. Dollar General is known for having minimal staff, who tend to be overworked. Aisles are often cluttered with newly arrived mer-

chandise as a result. Stores are notoriously messy. “My girls here are nice and friendly,” she said. “They are respectful. People want that. Our building may not be the newest, but you can walk down the aisle and it’s clean.” Lucky Dollar, though small, offers a full range of groceries, including fresh produce and meat. Plascencia hoped that would also help differentiate her store from Dollar General. She was surprised to learn that the chain has begun to sell fresh meat and produce in some of its stores. By the end of 2019, Dollar General was expected to have 650 stores that carried fresh meat and produce. Other merchants in Windthorst are concerned about the arrival of Dollar General, but less so than Lucky Dollar’s Plascencia. Brent Hoff owns The Liquor Store with three partners. Many, though not all, Dollar Generals sell beer and wine. It’s not known yet whether the Dollar General in Windthorst will do so.

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4-H news and happenings By Maranda Revell, Joshua Smartt, and Charla Foreman Archer County Extension Results District 3 4-H Food Challenge was held in Jacksboro on Nov. 20. Archer County was represented by Kori Keeter, Hunter Talley, Isabelle Parkey, Jessica Hayter, Sarah Spears, Eva Keel, Kenzie Jones, Ella McKnight, Caden Coltharp, Zachary Rhodes, Lauren Thomas, and Anna McKnight. Congratulations to the Archer County team comprised of Mackenzie Jones, Eva Keel, Ella McKnight, and Sarah Spears on placing third in the junior main dish division. Congratulations to the Archer County team comprised of Caden Coltharp, Anna McKnight, Zachary Rhodes, and Lauren Thomas on placing third in junior fruits and vegetables. Congratulations to all participants on a job well done representing Archer County. District 3 4-H AG ID Contest was held in Munday on Dec. 14. Congratulations to the Archer County Junior AG ID team consisting of Camylle Hughes, Ella McKnight, Eva Keel, and Anna McKnight on placing first. Congratulations to the Archer County Intermediate AG

Windthorst City Secretary Debbie Schroeder said she would have to sign forms authorizing Dollar General to sell alcohol in town, but hasn’t been approached by the chain yet. Hoff, though, isn’t worried about Dollar General because his store carries a full range of alcoholic beverages, plus pizza and chicken wings. He said he is not concerned about losing beer sales to Dollar General because “there is very little markup on beer.” “If we lose a little beer sales, I don’t think it’s going to hurt us,” he said. He also believes that local residents, many of whom have lived in the area all their lives and know the people who own and run the businesses they patronize, will continue to shop at the locally owned stores in town. “Windthorst is a very tight knit community,” Hoff said. “It’s mostly family businesses. I feel that people are still going to shop in the family places they always have. I’m still going to shop where I always do.”

Jan. 18, 1940: A man reported an escaped pig, which, according to the newspaper, has escaped from his refrigerator. The pig’s owner promised a leg to anyone who could help him recover the pig. Jan. 19, 1950: Mary Demoss, called one of Archer City’s “most beloved pioneer residents” died at age 95. She had lived in Archer County since 1897 and in the same house in Archer City from 1916 until 1949. A water shortage had all but shut down oil drilling operations in the DeMoss pool, southeast of Archer City. Jan. 14, 1960: Dun and Bradstreet reported that the number of manufacturing, wholesale, and retail businesses in the county had increased 3 percent since the year before. Jan. 15, 1970: Clint “Bussie” Deskin, 88, who had served as Archer City town marshal and night watchman, died in Springtown, Texas. Jan. 17, 1980: Murphy Bros. Chevrolet was building a new dealership on Highway 79. Kent Lemmons of Holliday High School was chosen as an all-state defensive tackle. Jan. 18, 1990: The former Scotland post office was hauled by truck to a new location. Scotland had a newly built post office, one block east of the former location. Three grass fires were reported in Archer County the previous week. One burned 2,200 acres.

ID team consisting of Samantha Marshall, Emma McKnight, Kreede Neal and Cormic Hughes on placing first. Congratulation to Brayden McMahen on placing 13th in individual scoring in the senior division AG ID. Upcoming events “Duds to Dazzle” workshop: Jan. 14, 5:45 pm, County Extension Office. Please RSVP to 574-4914. Clothing and textiles volunteer training: Jan. 23, 6 pm, County Extension Office. Please RSVP to 574-4914. 4-H rifle or pistol shooting: There will be a mandatory safety meeting at 2 pm on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Archer County Shooting Sports Center. Please RSVP to the County Extension Office, 574-4914 by 5 p.m. on Jan. 17. If you do not attend you will not be able to participate. 4-H trap shooting: There will be a sign-up meeting on Monday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 pm. There will be a mandatory safety meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:30 pm. Both meetings will be at the Archer County Shooting Sports Center. Please RSVP to the Archer County Extension Office, 574-4914 by 5 p.m. on Feb. 14. 4-H record books: Time to start on your 4-H record book. There will be record book workshops in March and April. All record books will need to be turned in to the County Extension Office by June 1.

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Sheriff reports on week’s developments The Sheriff’s Office received 115 calls for service during the past seven-day period ending Sunday, Jan. 12. On Monday, there were 21 individuals incarcerated in the Archer County Jail, 15 men and six women. Around 12:30 p.m. Monday, a concerned citizen reported that he saw a white pickup with an old mattress and box spring in the back of the pickup heading out on River Road. He was concerned that the bedding was going to be dumped at or near the Iron Bridge. A deputy drove the entire length of River Road but did not locate the bedding dumped. Dumping trash is illegal and items that have been dumped weighing five pounds or more will get you a trip to jail. Citations are issued for dumping trash under five pounds. Please do not dump trash or unwanted items along the roadways. Help keep Archer County clean! Around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, a Lakeside City woman reported that her live-in boyfriend had struck her in the head and threatened to throw her out of the house. Deputies responded and made contact with the caller and her boyfriend. The woman’s story of what happened changed three times during the course of the investigation. The male subject told deputies that an argument started when his girlfriend accused him of trying to seduce another woman who was staying at the residence. Due to conflicting stories told by the woman, and limited evidence of a physical altercation occurring, no arrests were made. The woman left the residence with a family member and both parties agreed to separate for the day. No

further incident was reported. Just before 5 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, a woman living on Texas Highway 79 near Davis Road reported that she was stopped in the roadway waiting to turn into her driveway when a white pickup swerved to miss hitting her vehicle. The pickup crashed into a pipe fence across the roadway. Staci Beesinger Archer County sheriff A pipe went through the front of the pickup, through the passenger seat, and stopped at the tailgate of the truck. The passenger was slightly injured when the pipe scraped his arm as it passed through the truck. He and the male driver were out of the pickup when officers arrived and did not need medical treatment. After viewing photos of this accident, I would say the passenger was a very lucky young man! Around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, a woman reported that she was travelling southbound on U.S. Highway 281, south of Lake Creek Road, when she hit what she thought was a large sofa that was in the highway. The woman said she was not injured but her vehicle sustained damage. Scotland first responders went to the scene along with deputies and the Department of Public Safety. Evidently, a sofa fell out of someone’s vehicle and was in the lane of traffic. The roadway was cleared and traffic was restored. Around 1:45 am early Thursday, an Archer City man reported

that someone just stole two bicycles from his yard. He advised that one of the suspects was pushing one of the bikes and he was running north on Rose St. trying to catch the thief. Deputies arrived and began searching the area for the bikes and the suspects. One of the bikes was found by officers on Texas Highway 25 (East Main Street) near Martin Street. Officers finally located the other bike in the 800 block of Highway 25, but the suspects were not located. Archer City Police are following up on the case. Just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a travelling motorist on Hwy 16 near Fullerton Rd reported a head-on collision accident between a pickup pulling a trailer and another vehicle. The caller advised that one person was ejected from their vehicle. Windthorst first responders, the Archer City rescue unit, deputies, DPS, and Archer City Ambulance responded. One person was pronounced deceased at the scene and one person was transported via ambulance to a Wichita Falls hospital for treatment. The Texas Department of Transportation was called to assist, and all vehicles involved were towed from the scene. There was no word on the condition of the person transported to the Hospital at the time of this report. Just before 5 p.m. on Friday, a resident living near Lake Cooper reported that some young men were riding four-wheelers on the boat ramp at Lake Cooper and, on a second call, reported that they were shooting firearms off in the area. Deputies and a game warden responded to the area and spoke with two young men who

said they were out at the lake with some other guys who were away on four- wheelers. Those subjects were eventually located, and no weapons were found on them or in the area. They were advised to stay off the boat ramp with their machines. The caller may have heard backfires from the ATV’s and thought it was gunshots. There were no further calls in this area. Around 11 p.m. Friday, a 25-year-old woman requested to speak with a deputy to report that she was sexually abused by a family member starting when she was five years old and ending when she was 17. She advised that she didn’t report the crimes due to fear of retaliation from the suspect. A deputy interviewed the woman and took a detailed report from her. The case is under investigation by an Investigator who is specially trained in this field. On Saturday, four separate accidents were reported in Archer County due to icy road conditions. Shortly after midnight early Saturday morning a Federal Express truck pulling double trailers jackknifed on Texas Highway 114 near Four Corners Road, causing one of the trailers to overturn. No injuries were reported. Just before 6 a.m. two vehicles collided on FM 174, east of Windthorst. This accident turned out to be in Clay County and one of the drivers hurt his arm. Around 11 a.m., a man reported he slid off the roadway on U.S. Highway 281 south of Windthorst. He advised that his vehicle was wrapped up in fencing and he couldn’t get his vehicle out of it. A wrecker had to be called to remove the vehicle from the

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Continued from page 1 By Gretchen Abernathy-Kuck Archer County Public Library The Archer Public Library was used by 273 during the week of Nov. 2529. Patrons checked out 158 books and 97 videos during the week. Attention Wildcats! The Archer City High School Wildcat yearbooks 19282017 are now available on the Portal to Texas History. Through this website users can browse the collection of yearbooks, and even perform searches by name or year. Thank you to the Royal C. “Bingo” Kinder Donor Advised Fund through the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation for funding this project, and to all who loaned their yearbooks to be digitized. A big thank you to Cheryl Beesinger for organizing this project when she was library director. Thank you to Donna Haile and John & Sherry Smajstrla for their donations in memory of Bethalice Berry Green. Also, thank you to Donna Haile for her donation in memory of Delbert Huffman. Thank you to the Wednesday Night Group for their donations in memory of Gowdy Slack. Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the Double W ranch in Ivan Doig’s beloved “Two Medicine Country” of the Montana Rockies. But

when Gram must have surgery for “female trouble” in 1951, all she can think to do is to ship Donal off to her sister in Wisconsin. There Donal is in for a rude surprise: Aunt Kate — bossy, opinionated, argumentative, and tyrannical — is nothing like her sister. She henpecks her good-natured husband, Herman the German, and Donal can’t seem to get on her good side either. After one contretemps too many, Kate packs him back to the authorities in Montana on the next Greyhound. But as it turns out, Donal isn’t traveling solo: Herman the German has decided to fly the coop with him. In the immortal American tradition, the pair light out for the territory together, meeting a classic Doigian ensemble of characters and having rollicking misadventures along the way. Charming, wise, and slyly funny, “Last Bus to Wisdom” is a last sweet gift from a writer whose books have bestowed untold pleasures on countless readers.

fence. No injuries were reported. Just before 11 p.m., a man reported that he had slid on the roadway and clipped a mailbox on Texas Highway 79 near Kemp Street. He had left the scene but called to report the damage. He was advised to contact the owner to settle the damages. Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, a large black plastic bag containing several needles and a Sharps container was found alongside a street by the rodeo grounds. Archer City Police and a deputy were able to put the origin of the bag to an Archer City nursing facility. When contacted about the bag the person on duty did not know how the bag ended up at that location. I’m guessing that the bag was being delivered to the Archer City trash dump behind the baseball field when it may have fallen from the transport vehicle. Archer City Police are following up. Around noon on Sunday, a 16-year-old male called 911 and asked for directions to the nearest hospital. He told dispatch that he was driving his stepmother and she had overdosed on Xanax. He also said his six-year-old sister was in the vehicle. The dispatcher convinced the young man to wait at U.S. Highway 281 and FM 1954 for Lakeside first responders and an ambulance. Medical personnel arrived and the woman was transported to a Wichita Falls hospital for treatment. The woman lives in Clay County, where the incident occurred. She was also in possession of a handgun that was found in her purse at the scene. Clay County was notified of the incident.

Check out “The Last Bus to Wisdom” by Ivan Doig at the Archer Public Library. Carolyn Jourdan, an attorney on Capitol Hill, thought she had it made. But when her mother has a heart attack, she returns home to the Tennessee mountains, where her father is a doctor and her mother is his receptionist. Jourdan offers to fill in for her mother until she gets better. But days turn into weeks as she trades her suits for scrubs and finds herself following hazmat regulations for cleaning up bodily fluids; and tending to the loquacious Miss Hiawatha. Most important, though, she comes to understand what her caring and patient father means to her close-knit community. With humor and tenderness, “Heart in the Right Place” shows that some of our biggest heroes are the ones living right beside us. Check out “Heart in the Right Place: A Memoir” by Carolyn Jourdan at the Archer Public Library.

about distracted driving, but also about the need for passengers in automobiles to pay attention to what is going on. The miraculous turn of events prompted many who heard about it to wonder about its larger significance.

According to England, an older man in a white shirt at the scene, pointed at the pole that passed through the passenger seat and said to the 15-year-old who had been sitting there, “This is God telling you that you are supposed to do something good with your life.”

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Cool weather is essential for tree growth Today I have some sympathy for my fellow citizens who like to claim the rain always misses them. This past week we saw just such an event where the eastern half of our local Texas counties got some good rain. Yet Wichita, Archer, Baylor, Wilbarger, and points west had to settle for a few sprinkles and a dusting of snow. All said, Saturday morning I poured just a few drops from the bottom of our rain gauge. Just a trace… However, it was a good thing to get some colder air and seasonable temperatures down here. The recent spell of above average temps had started some buds to swell and flowers to send up a few blooms. Astute gardeners had noticed this and started to fret. The cold fronts will slow this down. That is as it should be. This worrying about fruit trees and such blossoming too early happens every winter like it or not. Most all the fruits and berries we grow commercially and for backyard gardening pleasure are not native, all are hybrids bred and selected for size and produc-

tion plus nearly all of these are grafted. Fruit trees have what ag science calls a chill factor. In other words, the varieties we buy have to experience a certain amount of temps below 40 degrees that will keep the tree dormant until the chill requirement is met. Once fulfilled, the trees will begin top Paul Dowlearn Hometown gardener growth as soon as it gets warm enough. A cold snap will definitely put a halt to the development. Plants do not have calendars or weather averages. They simply respond to conditions. When those conditions are met, they are going to grow regardless that the season we call winter is still a long way from spring. It has worked for the plant kingdom for many millions of years without our intervention. Alas, our intervention is, for sure, part of the problem. While these various edible delicacies evolved perfectly to suit their own native

environment, our environment is different enough to cause some real concern. Our weather averages may declare we can grow certain varieties here but more often than not, our actual weather is not average. Averages come from mathematics. Reality is what it is… So, an extended warm spell in January may be a blessing to us humans but can also wreak havoc upon farmers and gardeners. All we can do is observe and hope things work out. I have noticed that our native plums do tend to flower right about the same time as our commercial fruits. Both the thicket forming Chickasaw (bush plum) and the free-standing tree known as Mexican plum will nearly always get caught in a hard freeze late March or early April. Yet, having observed and lived with these two local natives for over 30 years now I can say with confidence that our native fruit trees always manage to produce fruit every year. Here is something that I think needs to be studied more by commercial growers.

My theory is that having evolved in our roller coaster climate, these trees and shrubs have some sort of protection that our commercial varieties do not possess. It may be something as simple as pollen and female flower parts that can withstand lower temperatures. Native blackberries, same story. BTW, all of these fruits are in fact members of the rose family (rosacea). Being roses, they exhibit the same tendencies. Any good rose lover can tell you that so many of the newer and more popular varieties are finicky, disease prone, and require quite a bit of effort on the part of the gardener to successfully grow. Early in my career, all roses were grafted. Same as our commercial fruits. Today, almost all roses are not grafted anymore. Somewhere along the line rose growers discovered it was simply better to let the rose grow on its own roots. Apparently the graft itself was found to be a weak link that just wasn’t necessary. Something to think about. Last week we had a few shoppers who told us they just wanted

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to get some “ideas” for the coming spring. Now, I would like to enlist the help of all you veterans and professional gardeners. With a new generation of young interested gardeners coming each year I think it highly important these folks get off to a good start. One of the fastest routes to failure is the myth that one must wait until “all danger of frost” is past or basically everything must be planted in April. You guys know where I’m coming from. Share your wisdom and experience with our younger generation. Be a mentor. Help just one or two and it will grow and multiply like a stand of garlic. I write about two remarkably different types of gardening. Home landscaping is about choosing the right plants that will naturalize and grow without constant inputs and vegetable gardening which is all about intense input (soil building, irrigation, etc.). One thing both of these cultures share in common is most of the planting and related work is best done in fall/winter. Spring is good for some things but mostly good for enjoying your gardens.

Archer City ISD Friday, Jan. 17: Breakfast, sweet cinnamon roll with sausage patty; lunch, bean & cheese burrito. Monday, Jan. 20: Breakfast, sausage link kolache; lunch, golden pork chop with roll. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Breakfast, banana muffin with sausage patty; lunch, Frito chili pie. Wednesday, Jan. 22: Breakfast, mini pancake wraps; lunch, chicken with rice. Thursday, Jan. 23: Breakfast, Dutch funnel cake waffle; lunch, pepperoni calzone. Holliday ISD Friday, Jan. 17: Breakfast, mini pancakes; lunch, pizza. Monday, Jan. 20: Breakfast, sliders; lunch, taco. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Breakfast, breakfast cookie; lunch, cheese twists. Wednesday Jan. 22: Breakfast, pizza; lunch, monte cristo. Thursday Jan. 23: Breakfast, breakfast on a stick; lunch, pork chop. Windthorst ISD Friday, Jan. 17: Breakfast, French toast sticks; lunch, cheeseburger or turkey wrap. Monday, Jan. 20: No school. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Breakfast, breakfast pizza; lunch, corn dog or grilled cheese sandwich. Wednesday Jan. 22: Breakfast, glazed donut; lunch, steak fingers with roll or PB&J with cheese stick. Thursday Jan. 23: Breakfast, biscuit & sausage; lunch, soft beef taco or cheesy nachos. Archer Service Center Friday, Jan. 17: Lunch, pizza with pasta salad; dessert. Monday, Jan. 20: Lunch, ham & bean soup with cornbread; dessert, lemon squares. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Lunch, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, salad and a roll; dessert, layered dessert. Wednesday, Jan. 22: Lunch, baked chicken thighs with cheesy cauliflower and a biscuit; dessert, fruit/cookies. Thursday, Jan. 23: Lunch, BBQ sausage with potato salad and baked beans; dessert, banana pudding.

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Archer City Cowboy Church 201 W. Main St. 250-9771 Pastor: Ricky Allen Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church 225 S. Center St., Archer City 574-4923 Pastor: Mikey Pesqueda Services: Sunday, 11 a.m.

First United Methodist Church 304 S. Elm St., Holliday 586-0111 Pastor: Paul Meyenberg Services: Sunday, 11 a.m.

St. Mary of the Assumption St. Mary’s Street and 13th Street, Megargel 586-0055 Service: Sunday, 8 a.m.

Church of Christ 509 S. Beach St., Archer City 574-4064 Pastor: Dan Reddick Services: Sunday, 10:50 a.m., 6 p.m.

First Baptist Church 403 S. College Ave., Holliday 586-1232 Pastor: Darryl Sewell Services: Sunday, 10:45 a.m.

Compassion Church of Holliday 107 S. Main St., Holliday 636-8035 Pastor: Gary Grace Services: Sunday, 9:30, 11:11 a.m.

First Baptist Church 3384 Texas Highway 79, Lakeside City 692-7392 Pastor: Vacant Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m.

Grace Community Church 218 S. Ash St., Archer City 574-4171 Pastor: Jon Curry Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

St. Boniface Catholic Church U.S. Highway 281 and FM 172, Scotland 423-6687 Priest: Michael Moloney Services: Sunday 8 a.m.; Thursday 6 p.m.

Crestview Church of Christ 2111 Texas Highway 79, Lakeside City 322-2211 Pastor: Mark Bailey Services: Sunday, 10 am., 4 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m.

First Christian Church 211 W. Main Street, Archer City 257-5029 Pastor: Bobby Dean Services: Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

Faith Memorial Baptist Church 316 E. Chestnut St., Archer City 574-4271 Pastor: Avery Sprey Services: Sunday, 11 a.m.

First United Methodist Church 224 S. Center St., Archer City 574-4983 Pastor: Silvia Wang Services: Sunday, 10:35 a.m.

Holliday Assembly of God 119 W. Live Oak St., Holliday 583-1140 Pastor: Mike Wells Services: Sunday, 11 a.m., 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m. Lakeside Assembly of God 2501 Texas Highway 79, Lakeside City 337-1779 Pastor: Jerrel Kuykendall Services: Sunday, 10:30, 5:30 pm. Mankins Baptist Church 124 Church St., Mankins 586-0055

St. Mary’s Catholic Church 101 Church Street, Windthorst 423-6687 Priest: Michael Moloney Services: Saturday 5 p.m., 7 p.m. (Spanish); Sunday, 10:30 a.m.; Monday: 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.; Friday: 7:25 a.m. Texoma Cowboy Church 919 U.S. Highway, Wichita Falls 687-2237 Pastor: John Riggs Services: Sunday, 8 and 9 a.m.

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Windthorst boys beat Archer City Continued from page 8 is strongest inside, to shoot from the outside. It succeeded, but that almost backfired when the Wildcats started making those shots. Archer City shot 43 percent of its field goal attempts from behind the three-point line, an unusually high percentage that rarely results in victory except for sharp-shooting teams. In the end, it made only 29 percent of its three-pointers. “They’ve got a really good inside game,” Owen said. “Our game plan was to take it away and force them to beat us from the outside. They almost did.” Indicative of that, Archer City point guard Kade Dagley, who only averages 4.3 points per game, led the Wildcats with a season high 18 points. Junior forward Walter Kulhanek scored 16. “I was really pleased with Kade Dagley,” Wildcats’ coach Morris said. “I keep telling him that his role has changed from last year. Every time he

Windthorst coach Tyler Owen. has an open shot he needs to take it. We need him to score to be successful.” Windthorst played only one game last week, but Archer City lost on Tuesday to Electra, 56-54, after a fourth-quarter comeback fell short. Archer City fell behind at halftime, 32-20, but matched Electra in points in the third quarter, and outscored the visitors 19-9 in the final period. The Wildcats had a chance to tie the game in the last minute. Morris called a timeout, outlined a play, and

the Wildcats were able to get the ball to Kulhanek, their top scorer on the season, near the basket. “He got a great look from four feet, but it didn’t go,” Morris said. “But these kids battle and that says a lot about them. Hopefully, it starts falling our way.” As on Friday, Archer City was hurt by its performance at the free throw line, making only 12 of 28 shots. Losing two district games in a row at home, the Wildcats season could be shaped by how they respond to those losses. “It can make you see how tough those kids are and whether they can bounce back,” Morris said. “It could be good for us if we learn from it.” Archer City hosted Albany in a non-district game on Tuesday (too late for this issue) and travels to Seymour on Friday. Seymour entered the week 3-0 in district play. Windthorst travels to Quanah on Friday night.

Sports calendar Friday, Jan. 17: Nocona boy and girls basketball at Holliday, 6 p.m.; Windthorst boys and girls basketball at Quanah, 6:30 p.m.; Archer City boys and girls basketball at Seymour, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21: Bowie boys and girls basketball at Holliday, 6 p.m.; Windthorst boys and girls basketball at Olney, 6:30 p.m.; Archer City boys and girls basketball at Quanah, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24: Holliday boys and girls basketball at Henrietta, 6 p.m.; Petrolia boys and girls basketball at Windthorst, 6:30 p.m.; Olney boys and girls basketball at Archer City, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28: Holliday boys and girls basketball at Childress, 6 p.m.; Windthorst boys and girls basketball at Electra, 6:30 p.m.; Archer City boys and girls basketball at Petrolia, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31: Chillicothe boys basketball at Windthorst, 5 p.m.; City View boys and girls basketball at Holliday, 6 p.m.; Electra boys and girls basketball at Archer City, 6:30 p.m. Start times listed are for the first varsity game. Start times are approximate.

Holliday boys lose to Burkburnett at Mavs arena Continued from page 8 adapt more quickly. The Bulldogs, picked to win their district by the Texas Basketball Coaches Association, ran

out to a 18-9 first quarter lead. But Holliday narrowed the deficit to four points by halftime. The Eagles went ahead briefly in the third quarter and only trailed by four entering the final period.

Lady Cats start strong Continued from page 8 All three players returned to action in the second half, the team made adjustments on defense, and was more successful at getting the ball inside. “We adjusted and ended up on top,” coach Huseman said. Sophomore Aspyn Huseman, the team’s leading scorer on the season, led the Lady Cats with 18 points. She’s scored in double digits in every district game except one. Sophomore Olivia Vogts-

berger, a 6-1 post, had 14 points and six rebounds off the bench. Archer City hosted Albany in a non-district game on Tuesday (too late for this week’s paper). The Lady Cats travels to Seymour on Friday. Seymour was picked by the TABC to finish second in the district. It is currently 4-0 in district play and 16-7 overall. The outcome of the Archer City-Seymour matchup should help determine whether the Lady Cats are as good as their undefeated district start suggests.

But eventually Holliday succumbed to Burkburnett’s defensive pressure and greater depth. “They wore us down,” Tucker said. “We got a little tired in the fourth quarter.” Even though it was a high school game, the teams had to use the NBA three-point line, which is four feet farther from the basket than the high school three-point arc. Nonetheless, Burkburnett sank two three-pointers in the first quarter and six in the game (Holliday had two, both by Keegan Hutchins). For Strealy, who led the Eagles with 26 points, the most difficult part about playing in the big arena was to keep from being distracted by the surroundings, particularly when shooting free throws. “You just wanted to look around at everything,” he said.

Holliday played two other non-district games over the last week. On Monday, it beat Alvord 51-38 to improve its season record to 10-6. Strealy led the team with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Konner Wood also had 10 rebounds. Hutchins had five steals. Last Tuesday, the Eagles beat Class 4A Vernon easily on the road, 56-28. Holliday burst out to a 38-6 lead at halftime, and never looked back, though it became sloppy in the second half and didn’t enlarge its advantage. As usual, Strealy led all scorers, finishing with 18 points. “He’s our guy right now,” Tucker said “He’s played well for us. He’s going to have to play well for us.” Holliday opens its district schedule at home on Friday

against Nocona. The Texas Basketball Coaches Association has picked the Eagles to finish second in district. The Eagles struggled to get practice time early in the season because the Holliday football team advanced to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs and several players were also on that team. But Tucker said his team has progressed considerably since Christmas. “I think we’ve made some big gains since Christmas,” he said. “We were probably two to three weeks behind most teams because of our success in football. I’m pretty happy going into district.” Holliday’s girls team played only one game last week, losing to Childress on Friday, 57-47. Its record fell to 13-9. Freshman Campbell Jurecek led the team with 13 points.


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Sports Archer City, Texas

January 16, 2020

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Archer City girls are surprise of district By Blake Gumprecht The Texas Association of Basketball Coaches in its pre-season picks didn’t choose the Archer City girls basketball team to finish in the top four teams among seven teams in Class 2A, District 9. But the Lady Cats may be district’s surprise team so far. They are undefeated through their first five district games. More impressively, they’ve beaten three of the four teams that the TABC picked to finish in the top four in the district. Last Friday, they beat archrival Windthorst, the team the TABC picked to win the district. It was the first time Archer City had beaten Windthorst in the six years Amy Huseman has been the Lady Cats’ coach. Huseman isn’t the sort of coach to lavish praise on her team, but she acknowledged that starting the district season 5-0 is “a good statement.” “I do feel we’re a good team and we’re playing well,” she said. One reason other coaches probably had

low expectations of the Lady Cats is because they only returned five players, and two starters, from a team that last year won just 10 games and finished second to last in the district. Making matters worse, Archer City lost six players from last year’s team when it only should have lost one. Some upperclassmen chose not to play basketball this year. Huseman said this year’s team is “a lot better” than last year’s because team members have more experience playing together. “Last year, we had a lot of young kids,” Huseman said. “We hadn’t played together. We didn’t know each other’s styles. Just playing experience has helped us out.” Archer City beat Windthorst on Friday, 50-46. The game was close throughout. It was tied at the end of the first quarter and at halftime. Archer City inched ahead by one point at the end of the third quarter. The Lady Cats extended their lead in the fourth quarter. Junior guard Delaini Hanna and soph-

omore forward Maddie Lopez each had 12 points to lead the Lady Cats. Three players — Mallory Maxwell, Aspyn Huseman, and Bailey Grant — each had seven defensive rebounds. The ever-aggressive Hanna recorded an unusual double-double, 12 points and 10 steals. “She’s very quick,” Huseman said. Senior Abby Brown led Windthorst with 16 points, including three baskets from behind the three-point line. Senior Kora Pennartz and sophomore Camryn Latham had 10 points each. Archer City had an easier time last Tuesday, beating Electra 50-28, though it struggled at first. It led by only two points after one quarter and five points at halftime, but blew the game open in the third quarter, outscoring Electra 16-3. The Lady Cats struggled in the first half because three of its starters — Hanna, Maxwell, and Lopez — all got two fouls early and sat on the bench in the second quarter. See LADY CATS, page 7

Archer City’s Aspyn Huseman leads the team in scoring this season. Photo by Blake Gumprecht.

Windthorst stuns Archer boys in double OT By Blake Gumprecht As rivalry games go in small town Texas, Friday’s Archer CityWindthorst game was as good as it gets. The gym was packed, the place was loud, and the game was close. In fact, it took two overtime periods to produce a result. Windthorst defeated Archer City, 67-62, to improve its district record to 2-0. The host Wildcats lost their second close district game of the week to fall to 1-2. Even though his team won, Windthorst coach Tyler Owen couldn’t derive much pleasure from it even days after it was over.

“I tell you what,” he said on Sunday. “I still can’t enjoy it. My heart still races when I think about it.” The game went back and forth, with both teams having opportunities to win. Windthorst led for much of the first half, leading by as many as eight points. But Archer City came back and only trailed by four at halftime. The game was close the rest of the way. Free throws were probably the difference in the game. In fact, the game would have been very different if either team could have made most of its foul shots. Windthorst made just 12 of 31 free throws, a paltry 39%.

Archer City shot fewer free throws, but made only six of 15. More importantly, it missed free throws at crucial times that probably cost it the game. In the last 90 seconds of regulation, it missed the front end of three one-on-ones. Those foul shouts could have produced six points, but resulted in none. The Wildcats were leading the game with a minute to go. “It came down to free throws,” Archer City coach Andrew Morris said. “I preach to my guys how important those free throws are. We’ve got to have those in big ballgames like that because it’s going to be the difference.”

stepped up to score points. Sophomore guard Cooper Wolf had a career high 18 points. “He stepped up more than anybody,” Owen said. “I’ve had big expectations for him. Friday night, he finally met them.” Junior guard Max Owen, the coach’s brother, had 16 points. He hit a three-pointer with about a minute to go in the second overtime to give the Trojans the win. “That’s probably the biggest shot he’s ever made,” the coach said. Windthorst’s game plan was to force Archer City, a team that See WINDTHORST, page 7

Eagles enjoy chance of a lifetime By Blake Gumprecht

Holliday’s Konner Wood battles underneath at Friday’s game against Burkburnett at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Photo by Jim Harrison.

Windthorst looked like it was in trouble early when its best player and leading scorer, senior forward Awtry Blagg, hurt his quadriceps muscle in the first quarter. He played the rest of the game, but was “less dynamic on offense,” Owen said. Nevertheless, Blagg rose above his injury to excel at key moments to keep the Trojans in the game. Though he scored only eight points, less than half his season average, he made the basket that sent the game into overtime and scored to tie the game and send it into a second overtime. With Blagg hampered by injury, other Windthorst players

Eleven Holliday High School varsity basketball players got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity on Friday. They got to play in a National Basketball Association arena before an NBA game. They played Burkburnett at American Airlines Center in Dallas before a game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers. Class 3A Holliday lost to Class 4A Burkburnett, 55-48, but the outcome of the game seemed less important than where it was played. “It was a great experience for the kids,” Holliday coach Kyle Tucker said. “It’s something that they’ll remember.” It was a long, but unforgettable day for the Eagles. They left Holliday High School about 8:30 a.m., stopped for breakfast in Decatur, and arrived at American Airlines

Center about noon. The Holliday and Burkburnett junior varsity teams played first — Burkburnett won that game, too — then the varsity. The Mavericks are strict about when the high school games must end, so that the arena can be cleared before gates are opened for the NBA game. Tucker said he’s heard of games that were stopped before they were over because they went late. Mavs officials said both games had to end by 4 p.m., which they did. After the team got dressed, they went across the street to eat dinner at a restaurant called Hero — ironic, given that Holliday’s school motto is HERO (Holliday Eagles Roll On). Then they returned to the arena and were allowed to watch the Mavericks and Lakers warm up near the court. Their seats for the game were high in an upper level. The Mavericks-Lakers game didn’t start until 8:45 p.m. because it was televised by ESPN. After the game, the Holliday bus driver had to fight traffic headed mostly in the opposite direction to pick up the team, so they got out of town later than they

hoped. They didn’t arrive back in Holliday until 2:45 a.m. But Tucker said the experience was worth it. The teams were treated well. Everything went off without a hitch. What he’ll remember most is how his players reacted when they came on to the court for the first time to warm up. “Just seeing the kids when they walked in,” he said. “Seeing their faces, their excitement...” Eagles senior forward Tucker Strealy, the team’s leading scorer, has been a lifelong Mavericks fan but he had never before attended one of their games, let alone gotten to play on the same floor as Dallas legends such as Dirk Nowitzki or his current favorite Luka Dončić. “We’ll remember that day forever,” Strealy said. “The best part was playing on an NBA court. We got to be where all these famous stars had been. It was a lot of fun.” Shooting in the huge, but mostly empty 19,200-seat arena required adjustments by both teams, though Burkburnett seemed to See HOLLIDAY, page 7

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