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.”

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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.

SAFETY REPORT

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.

WATER CONTRACT

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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Trio battles for Boyd linebacker spot

Last year, senior Garrett Ragsdale ran the Boyd defense, making 97 tackles from his middle linebacker spot.

Upon graduating, Ragsdale took three years of experience with him, leaving a leadership void in the heart of the Yellowjacket defense.

Battle in the Trenches

BATTLE IN THE TRENCHES – Boyd’s Hayden Brown stays on his block during the Yellowjackets’ practice Friday. Boyd and other Wise County teams were able to hold full-contact practices for the first time Friday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

“Ragsdale was a two-and-a-half year starter,” said coach Brandon Hopkins. “That’s a big spot we’re looking to fill. That’s the captain of the defense. We’re going to find someone of to get the job done. We’ve got three good candidates.”

The trio of Yellowjackets looking to fill the spot are juniors Adam Harkness and Colton Meadows and senior Colton Batterton.

Batterton is the lone one of the three who played on the varsity last season – but he is moving from defensive end to linebacker.

“It’s a pretty intense position,” he said. “There’s a lot more stuff you have to read.”

Harkness played on the Yellowjackets’ junior varsity last year. He recognizes the responsibility of the role.

“The team leans on you a lot. You’ve got to step up and be a leader,” Harkness said.

Meadows is a transfer from Paradise, where he played outside linebacker. He was out of practice Friday on the first day of contact drills.

Batterton and Harkness say they both want the job and don’t mind the competition in practice.

“We’ve been friends. We’re going to get after it and there won’t be any hard feelings,” Batterton said.

They know that whoever wins the job will have big shoes to fill, taking over for Ragsdale.

“He was a good leader. We need to be the same,” Harkness said.

The Yellowjackets will get to see the linebackers in action against an opponent Friday at home against Howe.

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Back to School: Boyd ISD

NEW HIRES

District level

  • Angie Kilcrease – director of technology/instructional technologist

Boyd Elementary School

  • Kelsey Wilson – third-grade math/science
  • Katy Allen – third-grade language arts/social studies
  • Sara Korzekwa – music
  • Lisa Roderick – physical education teacher

Boyd Intermediate School

  • Eden Sultemeir – girls coach and sixth-grade social studies
  • Stephanie Calkins – fourth-grade science and reading specialist
  • Patricia Rudock – school nurse

Boyd Middle School

  • Jolynn Tucker – eighth-grade algebra/math
  • Donna Bolejack – seventh-grade math
  • Sean Hollis – PE teacher/coach

Boyd High School

  • Anne Murray – math
  • Rayna Glasser – math
  • Susannah Keneda – home economics
  • Laura Napolitano – science
  • Erica Warner – AEP, coach
  • Randy Brawner – science teacher, coach
  • Amber Ortega – Spanish

DISTRICT AT A GLANCE

BOYD ISD

www.boydisd.net

Superintendent: Ted West

School board members: Ernest Partin (president), Jana Tate (vice president), Rebecca Parr (secretary), Jake Tackett, Trae Luttrell, Bill Childress, Jason Hammon

MEET THE TEACHER NIGHTS

Elementary and Intermediate Schools
5 to 7 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 21

Middle and High Schools
5 to 7 p.m.
Monday, Aug. 25

NOTES OF INTEREST

  • Fifteen minutes have been added to the school day. The elementary school will dismiss pre-K at 2:45 p.m. outside the cafeteria; kindergarten at 3:20 p.m. by the gym; first grade at 3:25 p.m. at the front; and second third grade at 3:30 p.m. by the third-grade wing. The intermediate school releases at 3:40; the middle school at 3:45; and the high school at 3:45 p.m.
  • Although Boyd ISD has contracted its food service program, prices remain the same. Full-price meals cost: $1.25, breakfast, all grades; $2, lunch, pre-K through third grade and $2.50 for fourth through 12th grade. Reduced-meal prices are: 30 cents, breakfast and 40 cents, lunch.

Boyd Calendar

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‘Jackets eye return to playoffs

The Boyd Yellowjackets fought through injuries last year to make the playoffs out of a tough District 5-2A Division I with a 4-7 record.

One benefit from last year’s injury-plagued season was that several young players received some valuable experience. Boyd coach Brandon Hopkins is hoping to see that experience start to pay off Monday afternoon when the Yellowjackets start their preseason work.

Boyd will hit the field at 6 p.m. for its first practice. They will be in the weight room at 7 a.m. Monday.

“We have a chance to be pretty solid,” said Hopkins, who starts his third season as the Yellowjackets’ head coach. “We played quite a few sophomores last year, and they took their lumps.”

The Yellowjackets will be short on numbers, according to Hopkins, with fewer than 60 players.

“Our freshman and sophomore classes are small overall classes,” Hopkins said. “We have a couple of classes where there’s eight to 10 players. Our junior class has 22 to 25.

“We can’t have the injuries like last year.”

Boyd brings back starting quarterback Clay Barnett, who threw for 1,083 yards and 11 touchdowns last year, to play behind a veteran offensive line with Matt McConnell and Sequoia Smith up front.

The Yellowjackets did graduate the program’s all-time rushing leader, Fino Cardona, who piled up 4,611 and 64 touchdowns over his career.

Boyd will look to junior Qualynn Wells, last year’s 5-2A Newcomer of the Year, to become the feature back. He ran for 379 yards and three scores a year ago.

Defensively, Smith is expected to be solid at one end. The Yellowjackets will need to replace a pair of starting linebackers.

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Julie Lynn Marshall

Julie Lynn Marshall

Julie Lynn Marshall, 51, of Boyd, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014, after a two-year battle with cancer.

A celebration of her life will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at Cross Timbers Church in Argyle.

Julie was born Aug. 17, 1962, in Fort Walton Beach, Fla. She enjoyed reading and loved Oklahoma Sooner football, as well as her three pups. Julie was a loving wife and mother.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Dorthy Hill.

Survivors include her husband, Tim Marshall of Boyd; son Zachary Snyder and wife, Nicki, of Saginaw; daughter Briana Marshall of Boyd; her father, Richard Hill of Aurora; sisters Beth Craig and husband, Brian, of Fort Walton Beach and Lori Balderston and husband, Brad, of Grand Prairie; and other family members and friends.

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