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The final obstacle has been cleared and plans for Hereford’s new civic center are moving forward after the Amarillo College (AC) Board of Regents approved the sale of property during its

January meeting. The future of the proposed center hinged on acquisition from AC of 6.2588 acres where it is to be built. The land is adjacent to the AC West 15th Street Hereford campus between it and the Department of Public Safety building.

With state law requiring public entities to sell land to other public entities at appraised market value, the Hereford City Commission unanimously approved an appraised price of $218,000 for the property at its January meeting. Also at that meeting, commissioners appeared to jump the gun

a bit when they approved the solicitation of construction bids on the center before purchase of the site was officially agreed upon. However, Hereford City Manager Rick Hanna explained that as an effort to make sure ducks were in PLEASE SEE CENTER | 10

Forum to focus on GOP hopefuls

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Netters have good outing at Boswell Open

Party candidates for Deaf Smith County elected offices will meet face-to-face with each other and voters Saturday in a public forum. Sponsored by the Deaf Smith County Republican Party, the forum will feature those vying for county seats in the upcoming March 6 GOP primary. In addition to all the candidates for the five contested races on the ballot, county Republican Party chair Jared Blankenship had received confirmation that all but one of the entire GOP field would be on hand. The only Republican candidate not expected to take part in the forum, according to Blankenship, is incumbent Precinct 2 Commissioner Jerry O’Connor, who is unable to attend because of a health issues. O’Connor has no opposition in his reelection bid. The forum is slated for 2-4 p.m., at Hereford Community Center and will feature a three-minute opening statement from each candidate before they field questions submitted from the audience. Blankenship said attendees can submit

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Tuesday's home basketball game against Caprock was also the annual Coaches Against Cancer fundraiser. Above, Whiteface Dodge DeLozier, right, leads teammates into the home stands soliciting donations. Right, senior Bo Baker took a different tack and worked the visitors' side. Left, players dump their collections and head out for more during halftime of the early girls game. BRAND/John Carson


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Experience lands Clark clinic top spot From Staff Reports

TORCH, Clark served on the senior management Hereford Regional Medi- teams for the area’s two cal Center (HRMC) chose tertiary acute-care systems the path of experiin Amarillo for 25 ence with the reyears. cent appointment He resigned as of Dave Clark as insenior vice presiterim director of the dent of High Plains hospital’s clinic. Baptist Healthcare Clark comes to System when it the clinic after havmerged with St. Aning been a senior thony’s Healthcare consultant with System and Baptist CLARK TORCH and brings System. a total or 43 years He also operated experience in health care a private health-care conin the Panhandle. Prior to working with PLEASE SEE CLINIC | 3

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The house was packed Wednesday at HHS library for NCAA National Football Signing Day as Whitefaces Sergio “Gumby” Cruz and Logan Butler inked scholarship papers to continue their playing careers in college. BRAND/John Carson

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Funeral service for Betty J. Freeman, 85, a longtime Hereford resident, will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018 at Central Church of Christ,

with the Rev. John Henley officiating. At Mrs. Freeman’s request her body is being donated to science and there will be no viewing. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Parkside Chapel Funeral Home. Mrs. Freeman passed away Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 in Hereford. Betty J. Freeman was born Sept. 25, 1932 in Friona, to Albertis H. and Ida Cleo Cannon Hadley. She attended Friona schools and graduated in 1950. Mrs. Freeman was a Christian, very active member of Central Church of Christ and was a devoted servant to all. Betty volunteered at Hereford Senior Citizens and was active in the YMCA. She will be remembered by her family for fixing an awesome roast and

rum cake, but most of all as an excellent mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother and greatgreat-grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband L.R. “Butch” Freeman; one brother; and four sisters. She is survived by three sons, Gary Pope and wife Frances of Muleshoe, Mike Pope and wife Bonnie of Friona, and Terry Lynn Pope of Lake Tapps, Wash.; sister Carrol Watson of Hico; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. The family suggests Memorials in Mrs. Freeman’s name be made to Hereford Senior Citizens Center, 426 Ranger Drive, Hereford, TX, 79045.

January Indictments The following indictments were handed by the Jan. 10 session of a Deaf Smith County grand jury: Jereme Lee Escobedo – Indicted on two separate counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. Michael Campagno – Indicted on one count of possession of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone. Javier Toucet IV – Indicted on one count possession of a prohibited substance in a correctional facility. Jonathan Lee Rodriguez – Indicted on one count unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Jason Daniel Aguilera – Indicted for one count of aggravated assault with deadly

weapon and one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon. Arturo Gonzalez Jr. – Indicted on one count possession of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone. Bobby Josephy Joiner – Indicted on one count possession of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance in a drug-free zone. Shanda Marie Patterson – Indicted on one count possession of less than 1 gram of a controlled substance. Jose Luis Montes Jr. – Indicted on one count driving while intoxicated with a child passenger. Eduardo Lerma Jr. – Indicted on one count aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Sundays • NA meeting, 8 p.m., at Hereford Community Center, 100 Ave. C. For more information call 570-4648. • Prairie Acres Activities: 10, Movie & Snacks; 11:30, Background music; 4, Tenth St. Church of Christ; 7:30, Dominoes Mondays • Food Pantry, Mon & Fri, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Betty DIckson, 806-346-0134 • Rotary Club, noon, Sugarland Mall Grill • Deaf Smith County Historical Museum regular hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, and only by appointment on Sunday • Troop 50 Boy Scouts, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Northwest Elementary. All boys ages 11-18 are invited to participate. Call 289-5354 for information. • Al-Anon Group, 7 p.m. at Fellowship of Believers Church, 245 Kingwood, for more information call 364-6045 or 676-7662. • Hereford Retired School Employ-

ees Association meeting will be at 12 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. • Masonic Lodge, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Hall. • Hereford Study Club meets at the Hereford Senior Citizens Center at 2 p.m. • Hereford Senior Citizen Center Activities: 8 - noon, Quilting; 8 - 8:45, Pool Exercise Class (women); 9-9:45, P. Ex. class (women); 10-10:45, P. Ex. class (men); 11:11:45, P. Ex. class (women) 1-1:45, P. Ex. Class (men) • Prairie Acres Activities: 9:30, Discussion; 11:40, Background Music; 2, Bible Study/Spanish; 3, Caption This; 7:30, Bingo. Tuesdays • The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday at noon at Hereford Senior Citizens • Deaf Smith County Crime Stoppers Board of Directors, 6 p.m., Hereford Police Department rec room • AA meeting, 8 p.m. Hereford Community Center, 100 Ave. C. For more information call 570-4648 • Support Group for TBI Caregivers

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meeting at 7 p.m. For information call 806-364-1892 or email: • Order of the Eastern Star, 7 p.m. Masonic Hall • Pilot Club 7 a.m. King’s Manor Lamar Room • American Legion Post 192 monthly meeting at 7 p.m. • Alpha Alpha Preceptor chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meeting at 7 p.m. •Xi Epsilon Alpha chapter of Beta Sigma Phi meeting at 7 p.m. • Hereford Senior Citizen Center Activities: 8 - noon, Quilting; 8 - 8:45, Pool Exercise Class (women); 9-9:45, P. Ex. class (women); 10-10:30, Floor Exercise • Prairie Acres Activities: 8:30, Beauty Shop; 11:40, Background Music; 2, Manicures for our ladies & men; 7:30, Watercoloring Wednesdays • Crime Stoppers meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. at Happy State Bank • Lions Club, noon, Hereford Community Center

• Bippus Extension Education Club, 2 p.m. • NA meeting, 8 p.m., at Hereford Community Center, 100 Ave. C. For more information call 570-4648 • Hereford Senior Citizen’s Association Board Meeting at 9 a.m. • Hereford Senior Citizen Center Activities: 8 - noon, Quilting; 8 - 8:45, Pool Exercise Class (women); 9-9:45, P. Ex. class (women); 10-10:45, P. Ex. class (men); 11:11:45, P. Ex. class (women) 1-1:45, P. Ex. Class (men). • Prairie Acres Activities: 9:15, Zumba Gold Chair; 10, Discussion; 11:30, Chicken Soup for the Soul; 3, Bible Study; 7:30, Movie Night. Thursdays • Hereford Toastmasters, 6:30 a.m., Amarillo College. • Kiwanis Club, noon, Hereford Community Center. • Hereford Day Care Center Board of Directors, noon, Hereford Country Club. • Merry Mixers Square Dance Club, 7 p.m., Hereford Community Center. • AA meeting, 8 p.m., Hereford Com-

munity Center, 100 Ave. C. For more information call 570-4648. • Los Ciboleros Chapter NSDAR, 2 p.m. • Hereford Senior Citizen Center Activities: 8 - noon, Quilting; 8 - 8:45, Pool Exercise Class (women); 9-9:45, P. Ex. class (women); 10-10:30, Floor Exercise; 10:30-1:00 • Prairie Acres Activities: 9:15, Whoga; 10, Discussion; 11:30, Poems; 3, Bean Bag Toss; 7:30, Stained Glass Painting. Fridays • Food Pantry, Mon & Fri, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Betty DIckson, 806-346-0134 • Hereford Senior Citizen Center Activities: 8 - noon, Quilting; 8 - 8:45, Pool Exercise Class (women); 9-9:45, P. Ex. class (women); 10-10:45, P. Ex class (men); 11-11:45, P. EX class (women); 1-1:45 P. Ex. class (men); 10-1, Hereford Nursing and Rehab Health Check • Prairie Acres Activities: 9:15 Zumba Gold Chair; 10, Discussion; 11:30 Guidepost; 3, Decorating Bottles; 7:30, Movie Night.

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sulting firm for more than 18 years that worked with hospitals, physician practices, hyperbaric wound care, maternal-child services, medical office building construction, hospice and home health until a shortlived retirement in 2016. Clark has authored several papers in the areas of adult and neonatal ventilator management, back and spine outcome studies, and the regionalization of rural health-care systems. He has also received several awards from the governor’s office for outstanding volunteer service for community, civic and healthcare services. During a career spanning five decades, Clark has developed a comprehensive regional health-care system for specialty clinics, minor emergency care, senior health clinics, rural health clinics, tele-radiology services, rural specialty clinics and hospitals. Clark was instrumental in the development of the first model rural EMS System, helicopter and ambulance systems in

the Panhandle in the U.S., while also establishing the region’s only neonatal intensive care and transport system that serves three

states. Clark is a graduate of Ottawa University with a degree in health-care management.

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Saturday, February 17th, 2018 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm Dawn Community Center Adult Ticket $7.00/Children 4 & under Free Dessert Auction to Follow Drawing will be held for door prizes. PROCEEDS TO COMMUNITY CENTER & DAWN FIRE DEPARTMENT

Legal Notice Notice is hereby given that the Zoning Commission of the City of Hereford will convene at the City Hall at 6:00 P.M. on the 27th day of February, 2018 to consider a rezoning request for the following property. Legally described as all Lot 17, in Block 1 South Heights Subdivision, out of Ricketts Addition, to the Town of Hereford, Deaf Smith County, Texas. Property is located at 910 S Julian Street. All those interested in the above request are invited to attend a meeting on the date set forth above. Recommendation of the Zoning Commission on the above-described property will then be considered by the City Commission at their next regular meeting on the 19th day of March 2018 at 6:30 P.M. Suzanne Finch City Secretary All City Board meetings available to all persons regardless of disability. If you require special assistance, please contact City Hall 224 North Lee Street, Hereford, or call 363-7103 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

THE ONE WAY or ONE PATH III This week we will continue looking at God’s path or plan for His true followers. As we read last week, He gave us His directions (plan) through His Son Jesus (John 14:24) and the Holy Spirit (John 16:13). Today, we know it as the gospel. In Romans 1:16, 17 Paul tells us; “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the Righteous man Shall Live by Faith.” To read how Paul defined the gospel, look at I Corinthians 15:1-9. Later he told the young preacher Timothy, in II Tim 3:16, 17-“ All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” There is one body-( Eph. 4:4). Paul tells us in Romans 12:4, 5;”For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” In Colossians 1: 15-20 we read of the incomparable Christ. Vs, 18 says; “He is the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” Last week we read in Matt. 16:18 that Christ said He would build His church. There is one Spirit-(Eph 4: 4). I Cor. 12: 13 says; “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. Who is this one Spirit? We see in Gen. 1:2 that the Spirit was with God in the beginning. God, through His prophet Jeremiah in Ch. 31: 31, said that He would make a new covenant. Vs. 33 we read; “... I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they will be My people.” In 2 Sam. 23:2, King David declared; “ The Spirit of the Lord spoke to me, and His word was on my tongue.” Last week we read in John 14:26, Jesus promised the apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit to teach them and remind them of everything He said to them. John 16: 13 Jesus again told them; “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak of His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” In Acts 2: 1-4 we see the promise that Christ made to the apostles was fulfilled. Vs. 4 says “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.” The Spirit is guiding us today by the gospel which was given to us by God! If you would like a Bible study or have questions or comments, please call or text: John Sublett @ 344-7147 or James Self @ 344-4070. If you don’t have a Bible, we’ll give you one!

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Serenading trustees West Central Elementary School was in the spotlight for monthly recognition by the HISD Board of Trustees in January. The school opted to showcase its music program, above left, with 10 of its 46-member honor choir of fourth- and fifth-graders. Above right, from left, students Robert Leal, Sofia Pantoja, Natalie Elizondo and Tomas Gonzalez put their hands together and best foot forward during the performance. Right, West Central music teacher Nichole Wells extolls the program before, left, District II Trustee Bobby Rodriguez presents students with certificates of achievement and recognition from the board.

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DPS ramps up Move Over/Slow Down enforcement during Feb. From Texas Department of Public Safety

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is beginning enforcement efforts across the state focusing specifically on violations of the state’s Move Over/Slow Down law. These periodic enforcement operations by DPS troopers are planned throughout the year at various locations in Texas, with several

operations planned in February. The law, originally passed in 2003, requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain vehicles – including police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks – are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.  “Our Highway Patrol Troopers and other officers risk their lives

every day for the people of Texas, and their safety is particularly vulnerable while working on the side of the road, where the slightest mistake by a passing motorist can end in tragedy,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “While our officers are serving and protecting Texans, we’re asking drivers to do their part by adhering to the law – simply move over or slow down.”

Specifically, Texas law states that a driver must either: Vacate the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of the road (if the road has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction), or Slow down 20 mph below the speed limit. (If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph.) Drivers should only move over

if they can do so safely and legally; otherwise, they should slow down. Violations of the law can result in a fine of up to $200. The fine increases to $500 if there is property damage. If violators cause bodily injury, they can be charged with a Class B misdemeanor, resulting in possible jail time and a maximum fine of $2,000.

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Two Hereford men were among those receiving certification and re-certification pins as the Panhandle Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists officially bestowed awards at its annual award recognition ceremonies January 29 at Southwest Library in Amarillo. The Panhandle chapter welcomed 2017 trainees who have completed training requirements and are now certified as Texas Master Naturalists. The Panhandle Chapter also recognized milestone service achievements by standing TMN members. Harold Armstrong of Hereford was among those receiving an initial certification dragonfly pin and was joined by Mark and Bobbie Allen and Dan Porter of Canyon, and Jeanie Washer of Borger, and Mary York of Amarillo. In addition to their initial certification pin, Dan Porter and Mary York accumulated sufficient advanced training and volunteer service hours to also receive their recertification 2017 sea turtle pin. Jim Steiert of Hereford was among PCTMN members recertifying for 2017 with at least eight hours of advanced training and 40 hours of volunteer service and receiving the sea turtle pin to mark their achievement. Steiert has achieved certification over multiple years since becoming a Texas Master Naturalist and has been recognized with 250 hour, 500 hour, and 1,000

hour milestone dragonfly pins for volunteer service. Others receiving 2017 certification pins were Cheryl and Peter Berzankis of Amarillo, Bernice Blasingame of Canyon, Brennan Connally, Kathleen Green, Kathleen Guerrero, Robert Keeter, Jeremy Pierce, Kara Pierce, Neil Purcell, Jennifer Siegmann, Susan Thompson, Joanne and Troney Toler, and Susie Wheeler of Amarillo, and Tony Torres of Borger. M e m b e r s ARMSTRONG reaching the 250 hour volunteer service milestone and receiving a bronze certification pin as well as their 2017 certification sea turtle pin were: Andy Burcham, Maire Cox, and Misty Pierce of Amarillo and Donald Laughery of Fritch. Two members achieved the 500 hours of volunteer service silver certification pin, and received the 2017 certification sea turtle pin. They included Debbie Fewell and Carolyn Dutton of Amarillo. Joe Mihm of Amarillo reached the milestone of 1,000 hours of volunteer service as well as certification for 2017 and received a gold certification pin and sea turtle pin. Kent Fewell, of Amarillo achieved 1,000 hours certification after December 31 and will receive his pin in 2018. Fewell, Panhandle Chapter president, reported that The

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Hereford's Harold Armstrong received initial certification, while, above, Jim Steiert of Hereford, was recertified as a Texas Master Naturalist. Contributed photo Texas Panhandle Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists registered 5,295 volunteer hours on the part of its members in 2017 with work primarily centered on Palo Duro Canyon State Park and the Alibates area near Lake Meredith. Other work areas included Buffalo Lake National Wildlife Refuge, bird count activities, playa festivals for school children, and efforts at Wildcat Bluff at Amarillo. All-time service hours on the part of members

of the Panhandle Chapter now total 22,920 hours. The Texas Master Naturalist program is designed to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers who provide education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities for the State of Texas. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service serve as sponsors for

the program, while working with over 350 partnership programs and organizations around the state. Many communities and organizations rely on such citizen volunteers for implementing youth education programs; for operating parks, nature centers, and natural areas; and for providing leadership in local natural resource conservation efforts. In fact, a short supply of dedicated and well-informed volunteers is often cited as a limiting factor for communitybased conservation efforts. Since 1997, the Texas Master Naturalist program has grown to include 43 chapters and more than 8,900 volunteers serving Texas communities throughout 75 percent of the state’s counties. An individual gains the designation of Texas Master Naturalist after participating in an approved chapter training program with a minimum of 40 hours of combined field and classroom instruction, obtaining 8 hours of approved advanced training, and completing 40 hours of volunteer service. Following the initial training program, trainees have one year in which to complete their 40 hours of volunteer service and 8 hours of advanced training. To retain the Texas Master Naturalist title during each subsequent year, volunteers must complete 8 additional hours of advanced training and provide an additional 40 hours of volunteer service coordinated through their local chapter.

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Stepfather Raul Mariscal, left, and mother Alejandre Mariscal join Whiteface Sergio “Gumby” Cruz, center, as he signs to continue his football career at Texas A&M-Commerce during ceremonies Wednesday. BRAND/John Carson

Herd duo inks grants Butler, Cruz part of National Signing Day By John Carson BRAND Managing Editor

Hereford High School played its part in Wednesday’s NCAA National Football Signing Day when a pair of Whitefaces put their names on the line to continue their playing careers in college. Logan Butler and Sergio “Gumby” Cruz signed scholarship papers during ceremonies before a packed house in the HHS library.

“This is a dream come true,” Cruz said in echoing Butler’s sentiments. “It’s a little scary, but exciting. Honestly, I didn’t think this was going to happen.” The two are the second and third Whitefaces to accept a football scholarship since the end of a turnaround 2017 season – the other is Bryce Simnacher, who inked with NAIA Dordt College of Iowa in November. Ironically, all three were literally large contributors to the Herd’s success this season along

the offensive and defensive lines. “Logan did a tremendous job for us,” Hereford coach Don DeLozier said. “He had a good season. He really matured over his four years and put in the work needed to give himself this opportunity. “Gumby was a good player for us for a long time. He will be greatly missed. He has his best year as a senior. His leadership was big for us. They both are leaving big shoes to fill – not just

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offense, Cruz said he will play along the defensive line at Commerce, a side of the ball he prefers. “I like defense,” he said. “It is controlled chaos.” In true teammates-to-the-end fashion, if it were not for Simnacher and Cruz, Butler might not have signed to cross the border and play for Eastern New Mexico University, also Division II. PLEASE SEE INK | 8

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Lady Whiteface Diahann Garza (20) puts one up from behind the arc for her only three points Tuesday against the Lady Longhorns. BRAND/John Carson

Saturday, Feb. 10 Golf Girls at Borger, TBA Tennis Varsity at Hub City in Lubbock, TBA Wrestling Varsity boys, girls district tournament, TBA Monday, Feb. 12 Golf Girls at Dumas, TBA

in their ability, but the leadership they provided.” A first-team, All-District 3-5A selection at defensive end this season, the 6-4, 265-pound Cruz will be playing for NCAA Division II Texas A&M-Commerce next season. A two-way player for the Herd as a defensive end and tight end/ H-back, Cruz said A&M-Commerce coaches were impressed that he “had a motor that didn’t stop.” Although he enjoyed playing

Cold night for Whitefaces

By John Carson BRAND Managing Editor

The final 77 seconds of regulation and overtime period Tuesday were a microcosm of the 2017-18 season for the Hereford Lady Whitefaces in a season-ending 5247 loss to visiting Caprock. Dropping their seventh game in the last eight outings, the Lady Herd ended the season at 9-22 overall and 3-11 in District 3-5A. “We had a tough, hardfought game,” Hereford coach Christy Connally said. “Caprock played hard, as well, and wouldn’t go away. We had a lot more mistakes at the end of the game. Caprock had fewer and made plays at the end. “The little things that we tried to put more emphasis on throughout the season

Flanked by dad J. Dale, left, and mom Tracy, right, Hereford’s Logan Butler puts his name on scholarship papers to Eastern New Mexico University as family members, back from left, Alex Cooper, Cynthia Cooper, Lili Cooper, Emma Cooper, Jacy Butler and Nita Chandler look on. BRAND/John Carson

If you don’t make shots, you can’t win basketball games. The Hereford Whitefaces found that out in spades Tuesday when a frigid night from the floor resulted in a 40-27 loss to visiting Caprock. Losing for the fourth time in the last five games, the Herd dropped to 19-12 overall on the season and 4-8 in District 3-5A play. “I felt like we didn’t play well defensively,” Hereford coach C.J. Villegas said, “but when I looked at it, they had scored more than 68 points in each of their last five games. We held them to 40 points. Still, I felt we could have played better defense. “We didn’t value the ball enough and hit our shots. It comes down to us focusing on putting the ball in the hole.” Although having success in running their offense, the Whitefaces found scoring at a premium and had their punch softened with both starting inside players Dodge DeLozier and Sergio Cruz picking up two first-quarter fouls and going to the bench. Taking advantage of their absence in the post, a 6-0 spurt Longhorn spurt to open the second triggered a 17-8 run that gave them a 25-12 lead with 1:37 to go in the half before taking a 25-14 lead into the lockerroom. Caprock led by as many 14 at 31-17 in the third and stretched a 31-20 edge after

Herd’s Matt Herrera (1) takes it strong to the hoop, but the Whitefaces came up short Tuesday in a 40-27 loss to Caprock. BRAND/John Carson PLEASE SEE BOYS | 8

COMING UP BETWEEN THE LINES Tuesday, Feb. 13 Baseball JV vs. Levelland, 4 p.m. Varsity at Levelland, 4:30 p.m. Boys Basketball Freshmen vs. Plainview, 4:30 p.m. JV vs. Plainview, 6 p.m. Varsity vs. Plainview, 7:30 p.m. Golf Boys at Dumas, TBA

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The Hereford Whitefaces got the spring tennis season off to a good start with a noticeable showing the Feb. 2 Boswell Open Tournament in Fort Worth. Unlike the fall season – where team scores and standings are measured – the spring season is individually based with no overall team scores kept. In two flights of competition for boys and girls singles and doubles, as well as mixed doubles, the Herd came home with two firstplace and one second-place finish. The girls doubles tandem of Kara Esquivel and Addi Ferris hit the spring season running as they went 40-3 in their four matches of the tournament to roll to the A Flight championship. “I don’t know if they broke a sweat,” Hereford coach Cody Crouch said, “but they also played really well to not get into a position to break a sweat.” The other two top finishes came in the B Flight, where Kamille Hicks and Ally Hubbard teamed up to win. Aubrey Schueler and Jacen Saenz bounced the No. 2 seed, then won their semifinal match before falling in the final to take second in B Flight Mixed Doubles. Other A Flight competitors included freshman Victoria Betzen, an All-District selection in the fall. She was eliminated by the eventual flight runner-up in going 1-1. The boys doubles tandem of Marvin Mena and Kevin Nguyen dropped a first-round match before rebounding and getting elimi-

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Above, the Herd tandem of Kara Esquivel, left, and Addi Ferris, right, won 40 of 43 games to take the A Flight Girls Doubles title at the Boswell Open Tournament in Fort Worth. Above right, the up-and-coming Whiteface doubles team of Marvin Mena, left, and Kevin Nguyen, right, went 2-2 and were eliminated in the consolation semifinals. BRAND file photos nated in the consolation semifinals to finish 2-2 in A Flight Boys Doubles. Erin Jesko and Tommy Villalovos gave the eventual champions their best match of the tournament in posting a 1-1 mark in A Flight Mixed Doubles. Yao Avalos was 0-2 in A Flight Boys Singles, while

Jack Detten went 0-2 B Flight Boys Singles. Faith Harrison was eliminated in the consolation finals to go 2-2 in B Flight Girls Singles, while Klarise Hill was 1-1 in Extra Girls Singles and the Carlos Ramos-Jesus Rodriguez team finished 0-2 in B Flight Boys Doubles.

The Herd was back on the court this weekend at the Hub City Tournament in Lubbock, where Crouch said Esquivel-Ferris and Betzen will get their first look at opponents from Canyon and Randall – favorites to secure the two postseason berths in girls doubles and singles.

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three into a game-high 40-24 advantage with 1:19 left. Caprock’s Tuon Gatkek and Chris Wilson were the only players to reach double figures in scoring. Gatkek posted a game-high 12 points that included 6 in the second quarter. Wilson hit 7-of-8 free throws for the game to finish with 11 points. Notching 5 of his points in the third quarter, DeLozier paced the Whitefaces with 7 points. Isiah Escobal added 6 points for the Herd, while Bo Baker scored all of his 5 points in the second period. Eliminated from the district playoff race, the Whitefaces started winding down the season Friday, after press time, when they hosted Canyon. The season ends Tuesday when Plainview comes calling. “We want to finish strong,” Villegas said. “We owe it to our seniors. I believe we will do that. “We have that kind of group. They want to finish on a good note.”

came back and bit us. Still, I am proud of our ladies for how hard they fought.” Season-long problems with turnovers, fouls and rebounding all haunted the Lady Whitefaces over the waning seconds of the game. The Lady Herd took a 4236 lead on a Liz Ramirez free throw with 1:17 to play, but would not score again in regulation. After Caprock’s Sydney McColl missed two foul shots, Sydney Johnson hit a 3-pointer off a Lady Whiteface turnover before Hereford’s Faith Castaneda missed the front end of a oneand-one with 38 seconds to go. Emily Nelson sank a pair of charity tosses, and Johnson’s put back off a missed free throw with 10 ticks to go allowed the Lady Longhorns to send the game into extra time, 42-42. The Lady Herd would never see the lead again. Tyanna Badillo drained a trey to give Caprock the lead for good, 45-42, at the 2:37 mark of OT.

CAPROCK 40, HEREFORD 27 Score by quarters 1 2 3 4 F Caprock 8 17 6 9 – 40 4 10 6 7 – 27 Hereford Halftime: 25-14, Caprock CAPROCK (40): Fierro 7, Dunn 1, Washington 3, Urenda 0, Rodriguez 2, Wilson 11, Gatkek 12, Gaines 4, Morales 0. HEREFORD (27): Grajeda 2, Herrera 2, Escobal 6, DeLozier 7, Baker 5, Martinez 1, Castaneda 0, Villarreal 2, Cruz 2.

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Lady Herd’s Lori Arias (10) goes up between defenders on the way to a game-high 14 points in Tuesday’s overtime loss to Caprock. BRAND/John Carson Down 48-46, the Lady Whitefaces had a chance to tie with 15.8 seconds remaining, but Ramirez missed the second of two free throws. The Lady Horns hit four straight from the stripe over the final 11 seconds to provide the final margin.

Lori Arias paced a pair of Lady Whitefaces in double-digit scoring with a game-high 14 points. Ramirez had two treys and posted 7 of her 10 points in the second half. Castaneda and Brianna Claudio chipped in 7 points each for the Lady Herd. Caprock led 8-7 after one, and took its biggest lead of the game at 7 points, 16-9, with 3:54 to go in the half. From there, the Lady Whitefaces used back-to-back-to-back treys from Claudio, Castaneda and Ramiez, as well as two Claudio free throws after a foul at the buzzer, to turn that deficit into a 20-16 halftime lead. Ramirez hit from behind the arc to give the Lady Herd their biggest lead at 29-21 with 3:37 left in the third. The Lady Whitefaces took a 33-29 lead into the fourth quarter. CAPROCK 52, HEREFORD 47 Score by quarters 1 2 3 4 OT F Caprock 8 8 13 13 10 – 52 7 13 13 9 5 – 47 Hereford Halftime: 20-16, Hereford CAPROCK (52): Nelson 9, Johnson 13, Martinez 0, Hoehns 5, Reed 0, Medina 0, Angong 5, McColl 8, Badillo 10. HEREFORD (47): Claudio 7, Lookingbill 4, Arias 14, Garza 3, Acosta 2, Ramirez 10, Dodd 0, Castaneda 7.


“Their coaches had come to watch Bryce and Gumby,” Butler said. “They noticed me and contacted me. I thought that interest was great.” Butler said ENMU coaches have expressed no specifics about him other than they are glad he is in the fold and will be playing along the offensive line. Also a two-way player for the Herd, Butler (6-4, 280) was a second-team, AllDistrict selection. Although fond of the recklessness aspects of defense like Cruz, unlike his teammate, he prefers the offensive side and believes his talents are better on that side of the ball. “I had thought about maybe something like getting a scholarship,” Butler said. “I talked it over with my dad (Deaf Smith County Sheriff J. Dale Butler). I really wanted to play after high school if I could. “Now, I am able to and have a brighter future than I expected.”

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a row to hit the ground running when sale approval was received. “We weren’t going to do anything on bids until we had confirmation of the sale,” he said, adding the AC board had given its OK. “We just wanted to get that done, so we could get the ball rolling when [the sale] was approved.” In addition to local and regional advertising soliciting bids, Hanna said the project is also going to be posted in the “Dodge Review,” a contracting industry publication. With contractors already making inquiries into the project, Hanna said the city is hoping to get four bids from which to choose. “You can interpret that contact in several ways,” he said. “It could be an attractive project. I believe they are looking for business. I know they need it. “I don’t talk to them. I send them straight to the engineers.” When completed, the new $6.7 million center will be 25 percent larger than the current Hereford Community Center’s 18,000 square feet on East Park Avenue. Plans for the almost 25,000 square-foot facility feature two large meeting areas, four smaller meeting rooms, kitchens, a scullery, office space for Hereford

An artist’s rendering of a proposed new civic/community center in Hereford would incorporate elements of the town’s agricultural and historical heritage in its design and appearance, including a corrugated tin-looking roofing material and entrance resembling a barn. Contributed photo Economic Development Corporation (HEDC) and an outdoor courtyard space with a fireplace and elevated stage. The larger meeting rooms are designated as a ballroom and banquet room – each having its own kitchen – with the ballroom capable of seating 150-175. The banquet room has a maximum capacity of 450 and can also be divided into three sepa-

rate rooms. The building’s exterior will have a roofing material that closely resembles the corrugated tin historically used for roofing in the area, while the entrance will be constructed to resemble a barn. A main corridor – wide enough for event booths and wired for Internet accessibility – will feature sky lights in addition to

Overview of the new 24,000-square foot Hereford Civic Center would be constructed on land adjacent to the Hereford Amarillo College campus and Department of Public Safety building on West 15th Street. Contributed photo

electric lights and have high windows allowing the facility to emit a type of glow for afterdark events. “It’s really pretty cool,” Hanna said. “It is almost twice as big as the current facility, and will ultimately cost half as much to heat and cool. “We tried to match the exterior to Amarillo College to a degree, but also have a historic Hereford

theme.” In addition to the outdoor courtyard – which is between the ballroom and banquet room – the design includes exterior, landscaped space that can be used for events. A commons is designed to separate the AC and center parking lots and will include underground electrical wiring. Hanna added the $6.7 million cost of the proposed facility will come from a combination of city and HEDC financing while making a point city taxpayers would not incur any of the costs. Officials specifically planned and designed the facility to tie into the Amarillo College campus. In addition to exterior design elements that ties into the college, the design includes a link between the college and facility parking lots to help ease parking problems at AC while providing sufficient parking for large center events. The center design includes a covered drop-off and pick-up area and 252 parking spaces. Hanna is eyeing at letting construction bids around the first of April, but quickly added that was “ridiculously ambitious” and would probably happen in early May. Ground is expected to be broken in June with an 18-24 month construction process to follow, officials said.

The interior of the proposed facility includes a 450-seat banquet room, 150-175-seat ballroom, outdoor courtyard with stage, smaller meetings rooms and office space. Contributed photo

Noland, Ferrel to wed in March

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Randy and Wendy (Hollingsworth) Hargrove of Memphis, announce the engagement of their daughter, Jordan Kendall Noland, to Ethan Michael Ferrel of San Antonio. The wedding is set for Saturday, March 17 at The Creek Haus in Dripping Springs. Formerly of Hereford, the bride-elect – who now resides in San Antonio – is a 2016 graduate of the College of Health Professionals and is currently continuing her education in business and health management administration at Western Governor’s University. She is employed as a lead clinical care specialist in radiologic technology for NextCare. Noland is the granddaughter of former Hereford residents Carl and Nancy Hollingsworth, and Larry Noland and Sandra Stargel, all of Amarillo. The groom-to-be is the son of Mike and Kristy Ferrel of Memphis and grandson of Bettye and the late Don Ferrel of Memphis, and Joe and Lynette Godfrey of Amarillo. After growing up in Memphis, the prospective groom graduated from Howard Payne University in 2015 with a degree in business administration with an em-

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BBBS executive director Sara Pesina, center, accepts a donation from Hereford Kiwanis Club president Debbie Gonzalez, right, as club member Branda Paschel looks on. Contributed photo

Jordan Noland and Ethan Ferrel have Saturday, March 17 set for their wedding day at The Creek Haus in Dripping Springs. Contributed photo phasis on marketing. He is currently employed as a sales representative for K.B. Homes in San Antonio.

Undecided on a honeymoon time and destination at this time, the couple will reside in San Antonio.

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