Welcome back, Parkers; Sisters return to alma mater to teach, counsel

Welcome back, Parkers; Sisters return to alma mater to teach, counsel

The community of Boyd watched the Parker sisters grow up on the basketball court.

The older two – Tara and Erica – led the Lady Yellowjackets to the state championship game in 2001.

Lisa, the youngest sister, served as that team’s water girl but played for a playoff-qualifying team three years later.

Since graduating high school in 2002, 2003 and 2008, the trio has completed their collegiate studies, married and returned to their alma mater in the next steps of their career path.

At Home Again

AT HOME AGAIN – After graduating from Boyd High School and their respective colleges, the Parker sisters. (from left) Erica Warner, Tara Allred and Lisa Roderick have all returned to their alma mater to coach, counsel and teach. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

“This community watched us grow up,” said the eldest. “It’s neat to be able to come back and give back.”

Tara Allred, who graduated in 2002 completed her degree at Texas Tech University in 2005 and earned a master’s from Texas Woman’s University in 2010. She has also earned her principal’s certification from Lamar University.

She began coaching, teaching language arts and a leadership class, in Northwest ISD before serving as a counselor in the same district for two years.

In 2011, she returned to Boyd. She begins her 10th year in education as a third-year counselor at the high school and the district’s testing coordinator.

“I have three children now,” she said. “I was always interested in coming back to a smaller community to raise them. I really loved growing up here.”

The next year, Lisa Roderick joined her sister.

“It’s home,” she said. “Out of college, I never thought I’d come back – maybe eventually, but not so soon.

“But whenever you meet with a superintendent like Mr. (Ted) West and administrators, who all put you in a comfortable place, it happens. It’s a family place, and I think that’s rare.

“Being in a family of education, even though I’m just out of college, I can notice those things. That was pretty big.”

Roderick graduated from BHS in 2008 then from Tarleton State University four years later.

She worked for Northwest ISD for a semester before returning to Boyd in 2013 as a coach, health, biology and money matters teacher.

This year she takes over as the physical education teacher at the elementary school.

With the hiring of Erica Warner – a 2003 BHS graduate – over the summer, the trio is complete. Erica joined the Boyd staff as the AEP coordinator, junior high and high school coach.

“It was the right time for a change,” said Warner, who taught PE and coached at Chisholm Trail Middle School in Northwest ISD for six years after graduating from Sam Houston State University in 2008. “It helps that both sisters are in this school district.

“Plus, I think it’s pretty cool to come back where I grew up and work with some of my favorite people who taught me and coaches who coached me.”

Coaches Brandon Hopkins, Oscar Hernandez and John Basting as well as teachers Blake Smith, Charla Spraggens and Lisa Warren are all now her colleagues.

“I’m not going to lie,” Warner laughed. “I hope they don’t remember how I was as a student.”

She said she just had a tough time in the classroom.

“It’s not that I was a bad student,” she said. “I wasn’t one who tried to be disruptive or anything. The classroom setting, as a student … I don’t like sitting in a desk. I move the whole time.”

She said Ms. Warren didn’t make her sit in a desk, but let her sit on top of it.

“I went to school, played my sports and went to hang out,” she said. “I was that high school kid, so I understand high school kids well.”

“A little weird…”

Tara said coming back was even more weird for her, because as a counselor she sometimes directs those teachers who used to direct her.

“As a counselor, I’m not in an administrative role, but I do some administrative stuff – especially as the testing coordinator,” she said. “It was weird to be on the opposite side. I think it’s weird for them to think that we could be doing these jobs.

“But they made it an easy transition. As always, they’ve been so supportive.”

Roderick, the most recent to graduate, may have had the most difficulty transitioning from student to colleague among the people who taught and coached her.

“I just left their classrooms four years before,” she said. “But they were fantastic. My favorite part about it was having Coach (Doug) Norman, who was kind of like a father figure on campus. If I didn’t know what to do or if I was having a bad day, he would help however he could, but he was also real with me. He would be like, ‘I look at you like you’re 12 still.’”

It’s that sense of family and support – as well as monumental improvements on the horizon – that drew each of the three back.

“The flexibility you have and the family support that the administrators give you here is huge,” Allred said. “That was a big thing for me as well, to know that family comes first. There are good things happening here. We came at a good time where we’re taking a really positive direction, and there’s a lot of good things happening within the district. That’s exciting to be a part of.”

“There’s a sense of tradition very deeply rooted,” Roderick added.

“… and we’d like to see that continued,” Warner finished.

“Absolutely,” the eldest concurred. “And do what we can to give back to our community. I think the community gave so much to us. To give back is a big deal.”

Although they relish the support of their teachers-turned colleagues, the three especially hold onto the bond between them.

“It’s nice because we are super-tight outside,” Allred said. “They’re my best friends, so it’s nice to be able to call on them for work-related stuff. I know if I need something, they’ll do it; same for me. It’s convenient, but it’s also a blessing to be able to have that.”

“Like, I’ll be the nephew chauffeur,” Roderick said. “I’ll get to work with them and then bring them to Mom.”

Allred explained.

“Erica’s little boy and my little girl are going to go to the same daycare so we can help each other,” she said. “I don’t know a lot of people who can say they have that.”

“And we like each other, which is important,” Roderick added.


Considering each of them initially pursued different career paths, the idea of the three working together seems even more novel.

Allred aspired to become an athletic trainer while Roderick contemplated a nursing degree for all of three months.

For Warner, the path was a little more clear-cut.

“I just knew I was going to coach. It’s part of my life,” she said. “If I wasn’t going to be playing basketball, I was going to coach it. To do that, you teach and so, here I am. If I didn’t go to college, I would’ve gone to the police academy. But Tara said, ‘That’s a no, I don’t think so. You’re not getting shot at.’”

“And Tara’s the boss,” Roderick chimed in.

“Yes, so I was like, ‘OK, I guess we’re going to college,” Warner said.

Now, having entered education, they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It’s in the blood,” Allred said.

In addition to their mother, Linda – who serves as executive director of secondary education for Northwest ISD – and their father, Arnold – who retired after a legendary career as a basketball coach, the girls descend from a long line of educators.

Their grandfather served as a principal while all of their maternal aunts and an aunt on uncle on their dad’s side all worked in education.

“So literally it’s in the family,” Allred said. “When I say it’s in the blood, I think you can try to run from it, but it brings you back.

“For me, I started out as an athletic trainer at Tech. But I decided that it wasn’t for me. So I was just like, ‘I’m just going to coach and teach.’ It was just an automatic. I think part of it was I really didn’t know any different. I didn’t really know what else was out there.”

The impact their loved ones had on students, and the impact their educators had on them, was a huge factor.

“Watching my parents inspire so many people and seeing even now at Halloween when all of my mom’s old students come by their house, people who are in their late 30s are like, ‘Mrs. Parker!’,” Allred recalled. “To see that connection and that relationship that they built years ago and they still have, I always thought that was really neat. I’ve always been inspired to work with kids and hopefully have the same kind of impact my parents have had.”

Her youngest sister agreed.

“I don’t think teaching is something you just pick,” Roderick added. “It’s not just a job. It’s a calling, a lifestyle, and you can’t run from it. I tried to not do it, but that didn’t work out. But when you see people that your parents have impacted and even seeing people my sisters had impacted, I don’t think there’s a greater joy than making a difference. As cliche as that is, it’s just cool. It’s cool to see the difference you make.

“… in a child’s life,” Warner finished. “You see a kid who struggles at something, then you see them get it and overcome it. It’s neat.”

And what better place to do that than in the community that supported them?

“I want people to know that we’re back because we love this community,” Allred said. “We want to give back to the community that gave so much to us growing up. It is really a neat opportunity to be able to come give back and hopefully – who knows what the future holds? – but hopefully raise our children here. Hopefully they have a good experience like we did.”

Allred is the mother of two sons, ages 6 and 4, and a month-old daughter. Warner has a 1-year-old son.

“When I have kids, I can’t imagine another place to raise them to have a great childhood like we did,” Roderick said. “We’ll just have to start a boys basketball team.”

And continue the Parker family legacy.

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Football: ‘Jackets try to tame Tigers

For a third straight season the Boyd Yellowjackets begin the season against the Gunter Tigers.

But as the Yellowjackets venture into Grayson County Friday, they will be looking for their first win over the Tigers since 2011.

When Boyd and Gunter hit the field at 7:30 p.m., Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins expects few surprises.

“We’ve been playing them forever,” Hopkins said. “They will be very physical and get after it. They are throwing it more and will get in some spread sets. But they’ll run their tosses and smashes.”

Gunter opens the year as the favorite in the new 5-3A Division II after going 9-3 last season. The Tigers bring back Garrett Hunter, who rushed for 1,700 yards and 25 touchdowns last year, to run behind a physical offensive line led by Caleb Yates.

“They return a good back who had good yardage last year,” Hopkins said. “We’ll have to play hard and execute. Gunter is better than the two teams we scrimmaged. But I like where we are at.”

Offensively, it will be Boyd’s first game since the graduation of its all-time leading rusher Fino Cardona. Qualynn Wells will make his debut as the Yellowjackets’ feature back.

But Wells’ performance will hinge on how the Yellowjackets’ offensive line performs against Gunter’s strong defensive front seven, led by Spencer Lashley and linebacker Kevin Teems.

“It should be a heck of a test for our offensive line. We’re playing faster and more physical,” Hopkins said. “We have some long and rangy linemen who can pull but they are also not afraid to get down in the trenches and work.”

While wanting to win the opener, Boyd, which traditionally schedules tough non-district opponents, knows it’s what happens in district that matters. The Yellowjackets started 0-4 last year but rebounded to make the playoffs.

“We always schedule tough,” Hopkins said. “We know it’s only going to make us better. In ’06 and ’07, we lost (a combined) nine games but went to the quarterfinals and semifinals those years.”

BOYD (0-0) AT GUNTER (0-0)

7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium

Boyd: Harris Rating 198

Notable: Qualynn Wells rushed for 379 yards last year.

Gunter: Harris Rating 216

Notable: Gunter is ranked ninth in the Harris Poll in 3A Div. II.

Harris line: Gunter by 18

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Volleyball Roundup for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Boyd Lady Yellowjackets brought home second place from the Chico Tournament on Saturday.

Boyd fell to Collinsville 25-19, 25-16 in the tournament final. Maddy Busch put down 11 kills and blocked four shots in the final. Kayleigh Pappajohn added six kills.

Baylie Harris and Morgan Abbott handed out 10 assists each. Britney Howard made 15 digs.

With Howard serving six aces, Boyd beat Gold-Burg 25-5, 25-7. Busch had eight kills. Harris recorded 15 assists.

The Lady Yellowjackets took down Petrolia 25-18, 25-20. Busch finished with six kills, and Pappajohn five. Howard made 20 digs. Abbott doled out nine assists.


The Northwest Lady Texans went 2-4 at their own tournament over the weekend.

The Lady Texans fell to Boswell, 26-24, 27-29, 25-20, and Cedar Park, 25-23, 25-20 on Saturday. Friday, Arlington Lamar tripped up Northwest 25-23, 21-25, 25-17. Southlake Carroll handled the Lady Texans 25-14, 25-12.

Over the six matches, Camryn Berryhill buried 67 kills. Tessa Harfield added 45 kills.

Morgan Baker doled out 89 assists, and Analise Lucio had 56.


The Bridgeport Sissies pulled out one win in six matches during their weekend visit to the Fort Worth Brewer Tournament.

The Sissies (3-12) knocked off District 8-4A foe Castleberry in three games, 25-16, 17-25, 25-22. Kensley Turner put down nine kills and made 16 digs. Ryhan Read handed out seven assists. Mariah Leyva made 12 digs.


The Chico Lady Dragons fell in the consolation final of their tournament Saturday, losing to Forestburg 25-23, 25-27, 25-22.

In bracket play Saturday, Chico beat Prairie Valley twice, 29-27, 25-19 and 26-16, 25-16. The Lady Dragons fell to Bryson 25-15, 25-13 between the Prairie Valley matches.


The Paradise Lady Panthers went 2-3 over the weekend at the Graham Tournament.

After scoring wins over Jim Ned and Munday, Paradise lost to Jacksboro, Wichita Falls Rider and Nocona.

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Wayne Vetree Snodgrass

Wayne Vetree Snodgrass

Wayne Vetree Snodgrass, 80, a master builder, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Boyd.

Graveside service was Aug. 20 at the cemetery in Boyd, with Jay Snodgrass and Tim Sipes speaking. Arrangements were handled by Restland of Dallas.

Wayne was born Jan. 20, 1934, in Abilene, the son of a church of Christ minister. He attended Tarleton State University, where he was on both the football and boxing teams. He served two years as a sergeant in the United States Army.

He was a master builder in Wise County for more than 40 years and was out in the hot Texas sun, building a home, just four days before his death. Wayne’s passion in life was to serve his Savior, Jesus Christ.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James Snodgrass; a sister, Maxine Northrup; and granddaughter Amber Blade.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jan Snodgrass; four daughters, Kimberli Snodgrass, Tami Ballard, Lauri Sipes and husband, Tim, and Kari Fagan; two sons, Clay Snodgrass and wife, Betty Jean, and Jay Snodgrass and wife, Michelle; 13 grandchildren, Adam Schwieger, Athena Busch, Jimmy Lomerson, Andrea Fagan, Alyssa Lomerson, Andrew Fagan, Ashlie Snodgrass, Alexander Snodgrass, Anthony Snodgrass, Abigail Fagan, Aspecia Snodgrass, Conner Snodgrass and Mya Snodgrass; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to a fund set up by Rock Island Church of Christ, P.O. Box 1630, Boyd, TX 76023.

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Enriquez graduates

Melisa Enriquez

Melisa Enriquez of Boyd graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and a minor in Spanish from Baylor University in Waco Aug. 16.

Enriquez was the valedictorian of the Boyd High School class of 2010. She is the daughter of Jaime and Arminda Enriquez of Boyd.

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Boyd City Council begins budget talks

Boyd city officials took a first look Tuesday at the financial plan for the upcoming fiscal year.

During the city council’s regular meeting, City Administrator John Hamilton presented preliminary numbers.

Taking into account the proposed 51-cent tax rate, general fund revenue is tabbed at $1,330,450 – up from $1,235,612 this current year.

Water/wastewater fund income is anticipated to increase more than $100,000 – from $578,594 to $707,224. A proposed 50-cent per-month, per-meter increase will contribute to that.

“We’ve been in the red with water and sewer for years and years,” Mayor Rod Bill Scroggins said. “So what we’ve been doing to make it easier on the public is adding $1 a year. We’re talking about lowering that $1 to 50 cents this year.”

Expenses in the administration fund are projected to increase from $380,056 this year to $455,596, while building inspections department costs are tabbed at $19,640, up $4,000.

Community center expenditures are up to $21,050; municipal court, $87,132; police department, $490,851; and streets, $172,828.

Parks, the only department with a decrease, is expected to spend $16,875; and water/wastewater, $707,224.

Library expenditures will climb from $48,628 to $66,478, largely due to the allotment of $1,200 a month for building rent.

Damage from an ice storm in January forced the library’s closure, and a new location has not yet been found.

Other budget requests include:

  • $6,000 for a new copier for City Hall. Councilman Mark Culpepper urged city staff to explore leasing options as well.
  • $10,000 for a codification upgrade to be split between the administration and police departments.
  • $10,000 for a new phone system, divided between all departments.

“What staff is asking is, here’s how much money you’ve got, what are your priorities?” Hamilton said.

Scroggins immediately identified the library.

“As soon as we figure out how to get the books in a place, looking at what it’s going to cost us to get a replacement library, maybe looking at building one, whether it’s adding to [the community center],” he said.

Mayor Pro Tem Rodney Holmes agreed, adding that he would like to see major improvements to Knox Avenue. This would include sidewalks and drainage work.

“That’s the most utilized road that would make a big statement to our citizens that we’re trying to do something,” he said.

City officials also said making improvements to the community center – painting, installing efficient lighting, updating air conditioning units, replacing ceiling tiles, improving the restrooms – and giving employees raises were their priorities.

The council will further discuss the budget at its next meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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Volleyball: South Hills trips up Boyd

Volleyball: South Hills trips up Boyd

After a pair of hitting errors by Fort Worth South Hills, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets moved within a point of closing out the match Tuesday in the fourth set.

That point would never come.

Tough at the Net

TOUGH AT THE NET – Boyd’s Linsey Chancellor hits the ball back over the net during the Lady Yellowjackets’ loss to South Hills Tuesday in five games. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

South Hills rallied from a 24-20 deficit in the set to win it 27-25. They went on to take the fifth-game tiebreaker and the match 21-25, 25-22, 17-25, 27-25, 15-7.

“We’re young and are having to fight through some mental mistakes,” said Boyd coach Dusty Crafton. “We have to have that killer instinct. We did some good things. It’s frustrating when we could have won in three and lost in five.”

After South Hills rallied to even the match and force the tiebreaker, its Te’Anna Taylor took over at the net. She recorded six kills in the fifth set – all within the game’s first 12 points – as South Hills built a 10-2 lead.

Boyd pulled within five, 12-7, on one of Kayleigh Pappajohn’s eight kills. That was as close as the Lady Yellowjackets would get.

Maddie Busch led Boyd with 14 kills. Bailey Harris added 10 kills and 13 assists.

Boyd took the first game 25-21 and led the second set 20-16. A Taylor kill started a comeback for South Hills, which went on a 9-2 run to end the game.

Boyd regained its composure in the third set. A Busch kill put the Lady Yellowjackets up 17-11. Boyd went on to win by eight as Busch slammed home kills for two of the last three points.

Boyd appeared on the way to finishing off South Hills in the fourth set, building a 13-9 lead on Morgan Abbott’s ace. She recorded five aces, while also handing out 19 assists.

Boyd’s lead grew to six, 19-13, on back-to-back kills by Busch.

But down the stretch Boyd couldn’t finish off South Hills.

Britney Howard led Boyd’s defensive effort with 25 digs.

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Football: Boyd ‘backers to split role

Going into the season, the Boyd Yellowjackets are planning to use two different players in the middle of their defense.

Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins said Friday after the team’s second scrimmage that Adam Harkness and Colton Batterton would split time at the middle linebacker spot in their 4-3 defense.

“We’re still using both Adam and Colton,” Hopkins said. “We will also be looking to use Colton some on the outside.”

The two went through fall workouts competing for the opportunity to replace three-year starter Garrett Ragsdale, who had 97 tackles last year.

Batterton, a senior, is moving to linebacker from defensive end. The junior Harkness played on the Boyd junior varsity last year.

“Both are doing a real good job,” Hopkins said.

Transfer Colton Meadows received some consideration at middle linebacker. Hopkins said he will play at outside linebacker.

The Boyd defense allowed one score late against Lake Worth Thursday and shut out Red Oak Life in their set.

Offensively, Boyd found the end zone five times on the night. Boyd hit on three big plays behind running back Qualynn Wells.

“We had three plays of 60-plus,” Hopkins said. “We have the chance to hit home runs a bunch.”

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Mark Lee Adams

Mark Lee Adams

Mark Lee Adams, 54, a computer programmer, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Boyd.

Funeral was Aug. 22 at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur, and burial followed at Boyd Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jackie Adams, Jordan Adams, Walter Richardson, Michael Deits, Jonathan Drummond and Catherine Pate.

Mark was born March 8, 1960, in Lockney to Jackie Leroy and Linda (Durham) Adams. He married Ritha Sahusilawane Feb. 2, 2002, in Decatur.

He is survived by his wife, Ritha Adams of Boyd; sons Jackie and Jordan Adams of Boyd; grandson Brycen Adams of Boyd; mother Linda Jansen of Chickasha, Okla.; sister Kimberlee Drummond and husband, Robert, of Ninnekah, Okla.; and nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father.

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Colton Edward Lincoln Young

Major Tim and Susan Young of Alexandria, Va., announce the birth of their second son, Colton Edward Lincoln, on July 16, 2014, in Fort Belvoir, Va.

He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 20 inches long.

He has a brother, Austin, 3.

Grandparents are Steve and Bobbie Young of Santa Barbara, Calif., and Paul and Shirley Ashley of Boyd.

Great-grandparents are Paul and Carolyn Ashley of Burleson and Dean Whatley of Boyd.

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Boyd ISD trustees approve budget

Boyd ISD has a fiscal plan for next year.

Following a public hearing, the Boyd school board approved a $10,906,226 general fund budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. It will be funded, in part, by a tax rate of $1.22 – $1.04 for maintenance and operations (same as last year) and 18 cent-rate for interest and sinking or debt service.

With total taxable values of $896,720,655, the M&O tax rate will generate $9,135,827.27. Appropriations total just more than $10 million, creating a deficit of about $170,000 – less than this year’s anticipated shortfall of $185,000.

“With our fund balance being very healthy, I think that’s something that we can absorb,” Superintendent Ted West said. “I am comfortable expending those type of funds to fund the programs.”

The I&S is a half-cent less than last year’s rate, generating a total of $1,566,000 to service debt.

“Because the values were up, it takes less of a tax rate to generate the same amount of funds,” West said. “If we kept it at 18-1/2 cents, we would have to have a rollback election, which means we’d have to take that to the voters and they could roll it back even further than that. We don’t want to do anything that would trigger that.”

Trustees also approved a $611,203 food service fund, which is separate from the general fund budget.

“We were able to give pay raises to everybody in our school district,” West said. “We were able to start up some new programs. We are excited about expanding some of our existing programs, too. We think this a good, solid budget that’s going to be able to fund all of the activities that we think will make a successful school year.”


As a property-wealthy school district, Boyd ISD is required to send some of its local funds back to Austin to be redistributed to schools identified as “property poor.”

“We have several different options in the way that we can do that,” West said. “The best option that we’ve always used is Option 3, which is to purchase attendance credits from the state.”

Under that option, rather than the school district receiving money from the state and then having to turn around and write a check back to the state, the state just withholds the money from state funds in the form of “attendance credits.”

“It’s the easiest way and less money, less paperwork going back and forth,” West said.


Boyd ISD safety coordinator Ken Murray reported on the district’s state of security.

Murray, who retired after a 22-year career in law enforcement to go into education, led a group that conducted a security audit beginning in February.

The group looked at the district’s four campuses – the elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools – as well as the early childhood center, athletic facilities, bus barn and administration building.

Auditors commended the district on certain precautions, including fencing around air conditioning units.

“This secures the air conditioning units from the safety aspect but also from the theft aspect,” Murray said.

Although the overall safety and security of the district was praised, several needed improvements were identified.

School officials took some corrective action this summer, such as installing double doors at the intermediate, middle and high schools.

“The ability to access the main halls of the intermediate, middle and high schools without first going through the office was a cause for concern,” Murray said. “Now (with the double doors) visitors come in the main door but cannot get to classrooms without first coming through the office.”

The elementary school already had those doors in place.

A few other suggested improvements are in progress, including the installation of a security light near the gate at the bus barn and numbering the inside and outside of all exterior doors.

“This is more for emergency responders,” Murray said. “That way they know exactly what door an intruder may be at, what exit they need to cover, etc.”

School officials will also look into installing a Knox-Box Rapid entry system, which would essentially give emergency responders “a key to the key to any school building.”

“We feel we do a pretty good job of making sure we have a safe system in place, safe organizations,” West said. “We are constantly doing different types of drills and evaluating. Hopefully we never have to use any one of them. Hopefully it’s all just drills. But the world we live in these days, it’s a necessary evil that we practice these things and plan for these things.

“If anything were to happen … fortunately we do have a little bit of a comfort level that we do have a good system in place.”

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Boyd ISD trustees to wrap budget process

Boyd ISD officials hope to wrap up the budget-writing process next week.

During its regular meeting Monday, trustees will vote on the budget and tax rate for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

In a special session before the meeting, the board will hold the required public hearings on the budget, with citizens invited to give their input.

Trustees will also consider attendance credits, the school safety and security audit and an amendment to the current budget.

The board will meet in closed session to discuss personnel matters and deliberate about real property.

The meeting, which begins with the special session at 6:30 p.m., will be held at the Administration Board Room, 600 Knox Ave.

It is open to the public.

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Boyd city budget work to continue

The Boyd City Council will continue with the budget process at its meeting Tuesday.

Discussion of the item is the only non-routine matter on a relatively brief agenda for the meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. It will be held at Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.

It is open to the public.

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Cross Country: Chasing new goals; Martinez matches talent with dedication

Cross Country: Chasing new goals; Martinez matches talent with dedication

As a freshman, on talent alone, Marco Martinez qualified for the region cross country meet.

“I was just doing it to get into shape,” Martinez recalled. “My teammates said I should come out. I was just running.”

Bright Finish

BRIGHT FINISH – After a top-20 finish last year at regionals, Boyd’s Marco Martinez is gunning for a state spot in his final season. Messenger Photo by Joe Duty

It wasn’t until two years later that Martinez truly started tapping into his potential and dedicating himself to the sport. With a little push from Boyd coach Oscar Hernandez, Martinez put himself on the brink of making it to state last year, finishing 19th in the 2A Region II race in 18:05.

Now as he starts his senior year, his lone mission is to make it to Round Rock and the state meet.

“That’s my goal – state, and breaking the school record,” Martinez said. “I feel I have a good shot with the rules change.”

This year, the University Interscholastic League will advance the top four teams from regionals and the top 10 individuals not on an advancing team to state.

According to Hernandez, Martinez would make school history if he qualifies for state.

“Boyd has never had a boy qualify. We’ve had several girls,” Hernandez said. “He’s got a chance. He’s good enough and has the talent to be at the state meet.”

After showing glimpses of his talent as a freshman and sophomore, Martinez said running wasn’t something he was really into until last year.

“In 11th grade, I really got into running and started practicing,” Martinez said.

Hernandez said he stayed after Martinez throughout the runner’s first two years of high school.

“He was working and also got sidetracked. But I got him out for track,” Hernandez said. “We relate to each other well. He knows I’m looking out for his best interest.”

Last fall after starting to put in the extra work, Martinez took third at district. Then after his top-20 regional performance, he came back in the spring to win the 9-2A title in the two-mile. He was second in the mile at district, qualifying for regionals in both events. His mile and two-mile times of 4:48 and 10:18 are each eight seconds off the school records.

“My confidence has gotten a lot better,” Martinez said after his success in the spring.

Over the summer, Martinez put in heavy mileage to get ready for this season. Hernandez pointed out that he never missed a workout and brought teammates and his little brother, Manny Garcia.

“He’s gotten serious about it. I’m real proud of him,” Hernandez said. “He’s also trying to show the right way to do things to his brother, who has a lot of talent.”

With his extra work, Hernandez expects Martinez to bring home the 9-3A title on the way to competing for state.

Ending the season in Round Rock would mean that Martinez met his goal. But he is quick to point out that he couldn’t get there without a lot of help.

“That would mean a lot to me. I’d be proud of myself but also for my teammates for pushing me,” Martinez said. “I’m proud of Aaron and Cameron Hammett pushing me every day.”

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Volleyball: Nolan staves off Lady Yellowjackets’ rally

Losing a pair of starters in the middle of the second set after a scary collision, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets rallied together with a shuffled lineup.

But the Lady Yellowjackets couldn’t slow down Fort Worth Nolan Thursday in a three-game loss. Led by Isabelle Kitowski’s 12 kills, Nolan beat Boyd 25-15, 25-20, 25-23.

Despite the loss, Boyd coach Dusty Crafton was impressed by her team’s fight after starting setter Morgan Abbott and outside hitter Kayleigh Pappajohn went down two-thirds of the way through the second set.

“When two starters take each other out, both of which play all the way around, your team is facing some big adversity,” Crafton said. “When you watch the kids rally together and fight back, it’s a great feeling. I love coaching because of the life lessons sport teaches them.”

Abbott immediately came out of the match with a leg injury with Boyd down 21-14 in the second set. Without her on the floor, Boyd shifted to a single-setter scheme with Baylie Harris. Harris doled out 13 assists.

“I ran a 5-1 all last year setting all the way around,” Harris said. “Coach said you’re setting again.”

With back-to-back kills from Macey McCune and Maddie Busch, Boyd trimmed Nolan’s lead to three, 21-18. Nolan stopped the comeback attempt with two kills by Kitowski and one from Kamrin Lazenby.

Nolan jumped out to an eight-point lead in the third game, 12-4. Boyd then began chipping away. Busch’s block for a kill pulled Boyd within four, 21-17.

Busch made four kills to go along with five blocks.

Boyd continued its rally to close within one, 24-23, before Nolan’s Emily Prudhomme’s smash brought an end to the match.

“I feel like the adversity we faced will help us,” Harris said. “We can’t hang our head.”

Boyd led game one at 11-10 after a kill by Abbott. She finished with five kills. Harris and Pappajohn also had five kills.

Britney Howard made 18 digs. Kendal Brewer added six.

Nolan went on an 11-3 run to build a 21-14 lead in the five-point, first-set win.

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Amanda Lee Troutman

Amanda Lee Troutman

Amanda Lee Troutman, 33, of Boyd, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, in Weatherford.

A celebration of life will be 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, at the home of Amanda’s mother at 276 Highview in Boyd, on what would have been her 34th birthday.

Amanda was born Aug. 18, 1980, to Janet Lee Ewing Hutton and James Troutman Jr. in Fort Worth. She was a a cashier for Goodwill Industries, and a kind and loving person who will be missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and her stepfather, Rick Hutton.

Survivors include her mother, Janet Hutton of Boyd; her father, James R. Troutman of Azle; sister Rachel D. Ewing of Salt Lake City, Utah; brothers Jason R. Troutman of Boyd and Kevin A. Troutman of Jacksboro; nieces and nephews Lindzie, Sarah, Jordan, Braxton and Toby; her fur baby, Izzie; other family members and a host of friends.

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Chevelle Marie Hothouse

Denise Lawson and Brandon Hothouse of Boyd announce the birth of a daughter, Chevelle Marie Hothouse, on Aug. 10, 2014, at Wise Regional Health System in Decatur. She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 18 inches long.

She has a brother, Brandon Hothouse Jr., 6; and three sisters, Katilynn Lawson, 2, Teresa Hothouse, 7, and Baileigh Hothouse, 4.

Grandparents are Dennis Lawson of Boyd, Glenda Hull of Boyd, and Litty Flores and Juan Flores of Chico.

Great-grandparents are Mackie Hull, Evelyn Sue Lawson, Margie Moore and L.D. Moore.

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Reta Jay Shelton

Reta Jay “RJay” Shelton

Reta Jay “RJay” Shelton, 70, died Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, in Decatur after almost a four-year battle with cancer.

Funeral is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Christian-Hawkins Funeral Home chapel in Boyd, with burial in Oaklawn Cemetery in Decatur. Speaker will be Dane Shelton, assisted by Joe Caballero. Dub Shelton, Dane Shelton, Blaine Shelton, Zachary Shelton, Treat Peterson and Cody Peterson will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

RJay was born Dec. 15, 1943, to J.W and Reta (Sparkman) Taylor in Ballinger. She graduated from Ballinger High School and was valedictorian of her graduating class from LVN nursing school. RJay retired from Airborne Express as a regional manager.

She was very active in the Boyd Elementary School Booster Club, and was a loving mother and grandmother, and a friend to many.

Survivors include her sons, Dub Shelton and wife, Debbie, of Gallitan, Tenn., Dane Shelton of Decatur and Blaine Shelton and wife, Jenny, of San Angelo; daughter Tammi Peterson and husband, Stephen, of Fort Worth; grandsons Zac Shelton, Treat Peterson, Cody Peterson, Landon Shelton, Blake Shelton and Ryder Shelton; granddaughters Amanda Peterson, Mary Peterson, Brayden Shelton and Grace Shelton; great-grandson Colton Shelton; brother Dick Taylor and wife, Theresa, of Celina; other family members and a host of friends.

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Boyd City Council eyes increased tax rate

The Boyd City Council is considering increasing property taxes.

At its meeting Tuesday, the council proposed a tax rate of 51 cents, up from last year’s $0.4832.

“It sounds bad that we’re going up on taxes,” said Mayor Pro Tem Rodney Holmes. “But on a $100,000 home, you’re looking at $3.”

Officials lowered the tax rate last year from the previous year’s $0.499.

“We should not have ever cut it last year,” Councilman Mark Culpepper said. “There’s a lot of things we could do.”

This year, the city collected $635,719 with a tax rate of $0.4832. If that rate stays the same, they anticipate generating $670,282 in revenue.

“We’re looking at basically almost $35,000,” Holmes said. “If we went back up to what it was the year before, $0.499, we would be looking at $690,000, basically $20,000 more.”

The projected $55,000 increase in revenue didn’t convince the entire council.

“The police department is looking at a $48,000 increase over their budget from last year,” Culpepper said. “That’s no other department. A $54,000 increase over last year with a .499 tax rate, that takes the PD’s requests but nothing else. I think we should consider 51 or 52 cents.”

After discussion, the council agreed to propose a 51-cent tax rate.

“The cost of everything else on the outside has exploded,” Mayor Rod Bill Scroggins said. “51 cents sounds too way out.”

The proposed rate is still less than that of most surrounding cities.

Decatur taxes property at $0.673 per $100 valuation, while Alvord’s rate is $0.61940. Runaway Bay has a $0.6157 rate; Bridgeport, $0.5875; Rhome, $0.5833; and Newark, $0.5735.

Only Aurora ($0.2833), Chico ($0.48) and Paradise ($0.339) have lower rates.

“If we’re just talking about it, I say we set it high, and we can always come back down just so that we can see,” Councilman Vince Estel said. “We’re talking about roads; we’re talking about other needed improvements.”

Culpepper agreed.

“There’s too many things that need to be considered in our budget,” he said.

Public hearings will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2 and 9 at Boyd Community Center, 420 E. Morton Ave.


Following a closed discussion, the council entered into a week-to-week contract with U.S. Water Utility Group to operate the city’s water and wastewater department and “fulfill the regulatory requirements.”

Cost is $1,308 per week and includes the execution of TCEQ-required operations.

Former Public Works Director Sam Dorsett took a job as Rhome’s public works director last month, leaving the city of Boyd without licensed personnel.

The arrangement serves as a short-term fix until a more permanent solution is decided on during budget writing later this month.

The temporary arrangement begins Monday.

“Basically it’s just four hours a day to come by and check on things in the morning, check on things in the afternoon and line everybody out,” Holmes said. “We’ll look at a long-term deal when we start the budget.”

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Defense stands out for Boyd

During the first week of practice, the Boyd Lady Yellowjackets focused primarily on receiving serves. In their first action of the season, it showed.

For most of the live scrimmage against Chico, the Lady Yellowjackets made crisp passes to set up offensive chances. Boyd outscored Chico in the scored portion of the 40-minute session.

“Eighty percent of our time is on serve-receive,” said Boyd coach Dusty Crafton. “You can’t do anything without a pass.”

Libero Britney Howard spearheaded the strong defensive showing for Boyd.

“Our libero is pretty strong,” Crafton said.

Howard said the team is developing a strong defensive mindset.

“We work the most on defense. It’s what wins games,” Howard said. “It’s refusing to let the ball hit the floor.”

Crafton and Howard also pointed out that the Lady Yellowjackets still have plenty to work on.

“There are a couple of things that are still rusty,” Howard said. “But the first time out of the gate we looked good.”

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