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D.C. al Fine for returning bandmaster

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Olton High School’s new director of bands has reached a “D.C. al fine” moment in his life.

In music, “D.C. al fine” is an indication to repeat from the beginning and continue until the final bar is reached, and that’s exactly where Travis McCullough is in his career. Having served as Olton Independent School District’s director of bands from 2010 to 2015, he’s now returning for a repeat performance. School trustees agreed to employ him during a special meeting held July 11.


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Parade Marshal & Queen announced

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Allcorns serve as 40th Sandhills Celebration royalty 


As all eyes are fixed on Main Street on the morning of Aug. 3, R.V. Allcorn will lead the 40th annual Sandhills Celebration Parade as the 2019 Parade Marshal.

And seated beside him, as she has been for 64 years, will be his wife, Gayle Allcorn, who has been selected to reign as the 2019 Sandhills Queen. It will be a crowning moment for both R.V. and Gayle Allcorn, who have served the Olton community through the years. 

The Allcorns are lifetime residents of Olton. 


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New bells to toll on OISD campuses

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High-tech bell system also includes intercom, paging, speakers and more


A new intercom, paging, and bells system approved by Olton school trustees Monday night is expected to make Olton Independent School District a safer place when students return in August.

The district’s current bell and intercom systems are catastrophes waiting to happen, according to Superintendent Kevin McCasland. 


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Chamber to show 'Wonder Park' in park July 19

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Olton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture is hosting another Family Night at the Movies on Friday, July 19.

The feature presentation will be Wonder Park.

The movie will be shown at 9 p.m. at Olton Downtown Pavilion. 

“Bring your own chairs, blankets and snack.,” said Chamber Manager Adrienne Synatschk. “The popcorn and water will be provided.”

All are welcome, but children younger than 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. 

Family Movie Night this month is sponsored by Western Equipment, Texas Best Bean and Seed, and Olton Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture.

Bucks saved to buy weights for Olton Athletic Dept.

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Heavy lifting requires starting small and building up.

And that’s exactly what Olton Independent School District Athletic Director Ross Lassiter and his coaching staff have done by finding savings in the 2018-2019 Athletic Department budget to fund new weight room equipment.

The financial weight of new equipment was just too much right now, but school trustees have already agreed to include money for a new weight room floor in the 2019-2020 budget. Earlier this year, Lassiter set out to do a lot of penny pinches to see if he and his staff could build up enough to purchase the weight equipment. They succeeded, saving more than $18,000.


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Short-term authority allows for quick hires

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Top leadership of Olton Independent School District’s Board of Trustees abstained Monday night as the board delegated final hiring authority to Superintendent Kevin McCasland for the employment of teachers coaches, counselors, nurses and librarians from July 15 to Aug. 12.

McCasland sought the authority to address situations in which immediate action might allow the district to recruit professional personnel also being recruited by other districts.

“This would allow us to offer a position without having to wait 72 hours to post a meeting of the board. I would just do it,” McCasland said. “It could be the difference in not losing a qualified professional personnel to another district.”


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Trustees approve salary schedules, accept property insurance proposals

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Adopting salaries schedules to be used in developing Olton Independent School District’s 2019-2020 budget required two votes Monday night as trustees put caps on pay schedules for non-certified personnel and didn’t include caps for certified professional personnel.

Due to state mandates, capping certified professional personnel is almost impossible. Capping non-certified personnel helps the district from getting into a situation where the compensation exceeds a prescribed task due to longevity. However, there was lots of discussion among school trustees Monday night about making sure a fairness test is applied to those employees subject to the caps.

“It’s not about valuing people, it’s about valuing tasks,” President Connie Maxwell said of the need to have caps.


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‘Back to the Future’ theme for 40th Sandhills Celebration

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With lots of class reunions being planned, the 40th annual Sandhills Celebration really will seem like its theme — Back to the Future - The 80s — as the community celebrates its past, present and future.

The four-day downtown celebration opens Wednesday, July 31 and continues thrugh Saturday, Aug. 3.

On Wednesday night, July 31, Olton Senior Citizens plans to host an open house from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Cavett Memorial Center to get things started.

The “official start” of the celebration comes when Olton Volunteer Ambulance Association fires up the grill in Pavilion Park at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to to come sit under the shade trees in Pavilion Park to visit with friends and family while enjoying a burger or a sausage wrap.


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Obituaries

Juanita ‘Nita’ Criswell

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Juanita “Nita” Criswell, 86, of Olton, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019, in Lubbock.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at the First United Methodist Church in Olton with the Rev. Sammy Espinosa and Brother Tom Carter officiating. Interment followed at Olton Cemetery under the direction of Ramage Funeral Directors. The family received friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2019 at Ramage Funeral Directors in Olton.


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Robert E. Sivley

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Robert E. Sivley, 84, of Runaway Bay, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Denton.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Bridgeport with Dr. Craig Erb and Dr. Travis Hart officiating.


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Garry Lobaugh

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Garry Lobaugh, 77, of Wichita, Kan., and formerly of Olton died Sunday, June 23, 2019 at home.

In keeping with his wishes, an organ donation was made to the Veterans Administration Biorepository Brain Bank for ALS Research. He requested that no service be held.


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