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Olton is staying in Class AA, Division 1

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The Olton Mustangs and Fillies will continue to compete in Class AA, Division 1 for the next two years.

On Tuesday, the University Interscholastic League released conference and division cutoff numbers and preliminary enrollment figures for the 2020-2022 reclassification and alignment.

“No surprise,” Olton Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Ross Lassiter said after the UIL released the numbers.

The cutoff numbers for Class AA are 105 to 229 and the conference will include 201 high schools. That numbers includes 201 basketball teams, 190 football teams, and 137 volleyball teams. Class AA will be divided into two divisions with the Mustangs and Fillies competing in Division 1. There will be 97 schools with enrollments of 165.5 to 229 in Division 1 and 93 schools with enrollments of 105 to 165.5 in Division 2.

“The only question now is what the new district will look like,” Lassiter said. “Will we stay in the same great Lubbock district or go north? We will find out Feb. 3.”


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Grant to be used to address safety issues in parking lots and bathrooms

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According to a survey of Olton students, the places they fear the most on campus are parking lots and bathrooms.

So Olton school trustees want to address those fears. They took their first steps Monday night toward securing a campus security grant to install five cameras trained on parking lots as well as aggression detectors for bathrooms. The nice thing about the discussion during the the board’s regular monthly meeting was that trustees learned it won’t cost the district a dime to add those features as well as some additional security doors.

“We are receiving a $25,000 safety grant,” Superintendent Kevin McCasland said.


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Olton City Council overhauls EDC bylaws, adds member

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The spotlight was on Olton Economic Development Committee Monday night as the Olton City Council appointed a new EDC member and updated the committee’s bylaws.

Olton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Manager Adrienne Synatschk was appointed to the EDC on a 5-0 vote. Councilman Derek Roberson moved to accept Synatschk and Councilman Alan Williams seconded his motion.

Synatschk, who was appointed in an individual capacity and not as a representative of the Chamber, is attending a mandatory EDC training session this week in Austin.

The council approved updated bylaws for the OEDC after City Administrator Keeley Adams explained that it is possible that there had been no updates since the creation of the committee in the early 1970s.


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Sports

Nazareth Tournament not pretty, but Mustangs solid in 63-55 win over Plains

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Coming out of the Nazareth Tournament this weekend, the Olton Mustangs have caught a stride that Coach Bobby Workman hopes they will ride in the days to come.

After knocking off the Lockney Longhorns, 51-47, on Saturday in the final minutes of their third tournament game, the Mustangs went on defeat Plains, 63-55, Tuesday night in an on-the-road non-district contest.

“Our guys played solid tonight,” Workman said after the win. “We battled through the ups and downs throughout the game and were able to make some keys stops during key moments.”

It was Aldo Vasquez who ignited the Mustangs late to get the win.

“Aldo gave us a huge spark that allowed us to come out on top,” the coach said. “We made smart basketball plays late in the fourth quarter and hit some free throws down the stretch. After being down as much as nine points in the third quarter we showed a great amount of grit. I am very proud of the effort that our guys showed.”


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Fillies still trying to find their way

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After dropping all three of their games at the Nazareth Tournament last weekend, the Olton Fillies continued to stuggle Tuesday as this flu-plaqued team traveled to Plains to play a non-district contest.

“We played poorly,” Coach Kyle Johnson said of the 48-27 loss. “We played like we were sick and had just traveled an hour and 45 minutes.”

In the Nazareth Tournament, Olton opened against the tournament hosts and fell 66-14. Then the Fillies went up against Sundown and came away with a 62-27 loss. Olton lost their final game 37-21 to Muleshoe.

“It was good competition with good opportunites to improve,” Johnson said.


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Obituaries

Patrick Curtis White

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Patrick Curtis White, 54, died Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 as “the universe lost one of its biggest, and brightest stars,” his family said.

Services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Olton. Interment follows at Olton Cemetery under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors. The family plans to receive friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, at Ramage Funeral Directors in Olton.


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Mary Nell Laduke Hall

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Mary Nell Laduke Hall, 87, passed away peacefully at Carillon House on Monday, Dec. 2, from a long illness of leukemia.

A visitation was held at 3 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, and was followed by a memorial service at 4 p.m. at Kornerstone Funeral Directors in Plainview.  


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Wilma Joy Earnest

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Wilma Joy Earnest, 90, of Olton, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Lubbock. 

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Olton Cemetery with Brother Rob Norris and Brother Glenn Harlin officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors.


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William Thomas “W.T.” King Jr.

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William Thomas King Jr., 92, of Hart, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Olton.

Services were held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Hart with Brother Gene Meacham officiating. Interment followed at Hart Cemetery under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors. The family received friends from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Ramage Funeral Directors in Olton.


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Roberto L. Diaz

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Roberto L. Diaz, 79, of Olton, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2019, in Olton.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019, at Olton Cemetery with Joe Carrasco officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors. 


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