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School Board Approves Technology Purchase
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Muleshoe Independent School District’s board of trustees approved the purchase of networking equipment during Monday’s regular meeting.

The equipment in question will replace existing equipment for which the manufacturer will stop producing replacement parts in 2015, according to Technology Director Erik Craig, has a total cost of $163,307.

And according to Business Manager Daniel Harper — whose resignation was among those accepted by the school board Monday, will have to be purchased using a portion of the school district’s $9.2 million fund balance.

“We have about a year… we could wait,” Superintendent Dr. Gene Sheets said, noting that the purchase hadn’t been included in the current year’s budget; however, he added that if the existing equipment goes down it would cause a district-wide networking problem.

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MAHD Board Candidates Respond
Thursday, April 24, 2014
As part of the Muleshoe Journal’s ongoing efforts to keep the voting public of Bailey County informed, candidates for the upcoming Muleshoe Area Hospital District board elections have been asked to respond to a series of questions.

In this week’s issue, we have the response received from Dist. 5 candidate Zona Gatewood (incumbent) and candidate Rhett Kirby:

Please provide us with a little biographical information:

Gatewood — I’ve been a resident in Bailey County all my life and I live in the YL community. My husband, JC, and I have three grown children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

We farmed over 40 years and owned and operated Irrigation Supply for 15 years. I took two semesters of accounting at ENMU and ran an accounting program for our business.

JC is semi-retired and operates the sprinkler systems for a local cow feeder business, and I am a substitute teacher at the Muleshoe Independent School District.While attending Texas Tech I interned with USDA in the Natural Resources Conservation Service. After graduating from Texas Tech, I began a career with USDA in Brownfield. While working full time, in cooperation with USDA, I was able to complete my master of science degree in agronomy from Iowa State University in May of 2007.

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Home Improvement Project Families Receive House Keys
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Three local families were awarded the keys to new residences during brief ceremonies at Muleshoe city Hall on Thursday, April 17.

This is the third series of homes constructed through grants from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and while the previous home projects required an “in-kind” match from the City of Muleshoe, which primarily was covered by municipal employees demolishing and removing the previous structures, according to City Manager David Brunson a match wasn’t required this time.

As in the previous projects, the city manager noted the benefit to the community being the improvements to the neighborhoods in which the new houses are located, and the increase to the local tax rolls.

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Another Close Call
Thursday, April 24, 2014
For the second time in less than a year, a vehicle pulling a trailer was struck by a freight train on Hwy. 84, across from Muleshoe Animal Clinic.

On Sept. 18, 2013, a semi-tractor trailer was struck as it crossed in front of an eastbound train.

Pictured on the left, a flatbed trailer pulled by a pickup truck was struck by a train on Thursday, April 17.

(Photograph by Rhea Gonzales)

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Mules End Regular Season
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Mule baseball team clinched second place in the District 2-A race with wins over Littlefield, Olton and Dimmitt to close out the regular season.

In the first trip through district the Mules were down with just one win and three losses and still faced the Dimmitt Bobcats.

The Mules defeated Dimmitt 5-4 to help their record to 2-3 after one loop of district.

(Mule Beto Diaz slides safely home during the game against Littlefield. Photograph by Gabby Perez)

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Barron, Elizalde Compete In Regional Tennis Tourney
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Matthew Barron and Nacho Elizalde were the only Muleshoe High School players to compete in the Region I Class 2A Tennis Tournament held on Odessa’s Ector County ISD Courts.

The courts are located in the Ratliff Stadium Sports Complex.

“Matt (Barron) and Nacho (Elizalde) played in the regional tournament in 2013 but in the boy’s singles division,” said Muleshoe High School tennis Coach Jody Wood

“They chose to team up and play doubles this season. Both boys are seniors and have had an outstanding tennis career,” the coach added.

Barron and Elizalde defeated Bowie High School’s team of William Bohn and Dallas Johnson 3-6, 6-4, and 6-2 in the opening round.

(Tennis Mules Matthew Barron and Nacho Elizalde)

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Lady Mules Place Fourth At Area
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Lady Mules placed fourth in the Area Track Meet held in Panhandle Friday.

The Lady Mules scored 69 points and qualified five athletes in eight events for the Region I Track Meet.

Bushland, Littlefield and Canadian finished ahead of the Lady Mules.

Tulia, Spearman, Highland Park, Boys Ranch, Sanford-Fritch, Abernathy, Dimmitt, Olton and Friona finished in that order behind the Lady Mules in the 13 team meet.

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Lady Mules Sweep District Opponents
Thursday, April 24, 2014
The Lady Mule softball team completed a clean sweep of district opponents by shutting out the Floydada Lady Winds 11-0 in five innings.

Marissa Cortez struck out seven batters, threw 10 first pitch strikes and walked one batter.

Cortez stranded four on base, gave up no hits and faced only 19 batters in five innings.

The Lady Mules committed three errors.

(Varsity Lady Mule Marissa Cortez safely reaches third base. Photograph by Gaby Perez)

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Sudan Students Place At VASE Competition
Thursday, April 24, 2014
This year the Regional Visual Art Scholastic Event was held at Frenship High School, and once again the Sudan art students performed very well.

Sudan art students were successful earning 20 regional medals.

The regional medalists are Vanessa Aguilar, Amber Binion (two medals), Megan Capers, Jane Delarosa, Terra DeSautell (two medals), Marcos Estrada (two medals), Raemi Goen, Tori Miller (two medals), Celeste Montemayor, Natalee Olivarez, Alondra Ramirez, Ashton Sawyer, Celine Scheer, Kristina Thorn (two medals), Jose Trejo and Tommy Whitehurst.

Alondra Ramirez, Natalee Olivarez, Jane Delarosa and Tori Miller qualified for state and traveled to Bryan for the State VASE competition where Natalee Olivarez earned a state medal.Their art teacher is Neal Kleman.

(Natalee Olivarez)
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Welch, Chester To Wed
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Brad and Terri Welch of Lubbock announce the engagement and upcoming wedding of their daughter, Mikayla Nicole Welch, to Jake Mitchell Chester of Sudan.

The prospective bride will be a 2014 graduate of Lubbock Roosevelt. She will attend South Plains College in the fall where she will major in nursing.

The prospective bride is the granddaughter of Wanda Welch and the late Buford Welch of Abilene and Mary Lou Steed and the late Bob Steed of Weatherford.
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