West Texas’ Teddy Jones follows “Jackson’s Pond” with sequel set in Floyd County

BARBARA BRANNON  |  THE TEXAS SPUR Teddy Jones, Slanted Light (New York: Midtown Publishing, August 2020). Trade paperback, 978-1-62677-022-5, 292 pgs., $14.99. “Tell all the truth but tell it slant,” advised Emily Dickinson, and in the right hands fiction can accomplish that as well as poetry. Teddy Jones’s lead characters in “Slanted Light,” second in…

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Patriots sting Hornets in season opener

TORI MINICK EDWARDS  | SPECIAL TO THE CAPROCK COURIER The Valley Patriots started their season with a bang, and a 51–34 victory against the Aspermont Hornets in the season’s first football game, played in Aspermont. The players battled scorching heat for this early game; it was 99 degrees at 6 p.m. at kickoff. Plenty of…

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Westbrook lands stunning upset over Motley Co.

COMPILED FROM MEDIA REPORTS In the six-man ranks, Westbrook stunned Matador Motley County 58–36 Friday in one of Class 1A’s biggest shockers of opening week. The Matadors entered the contest ranked No. 2 in Division II. The team reached the state title game in 2019 and returned five starters on each side, including all-state running…

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Alvin Ray Lynn, 1938–2020

Alvin Ray Lynn was carried to his heavenly home on Aug. 27, 2020. Services were held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, at Paramount Baptist Church, 3801 South Western Street, Amarillo, with Pastor Andrew Hebert officiating. A graveside service and interment was held at 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Seagraves Gaines County…

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Springer announces bid for special election state senate seat

STAFF REPORTS Sunday afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott called an emergency special election for Texas State Senate District 30. The current senator for District 30, Senator Pat Fallon, is the Republican running for Congressional District 4 in the November general election. The day before, Fallon announced his resignation from the Texas Senate, but it won’t be effective until…

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FNB Quitaque’s executive VP Stark to retire

Liz Adams  |  CAPROCK COURIER , plans to retire at the end of this week. Stark is a third-generation banker whose family has been well-known for community service and for helping to establish and grow the First National Bank of Quitaque since the 1920s. The bank celebrates a century of service to its community in…

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Motley-Dickens Old Settlers Reunion & Rodeo returns this week

August 27, 28 and 29, 2020, in Roaring Springs, has something for everyone this year. In addition to the excitement of rodeo competition at the WRCA (Working Ranch Cowboys Association)–sanctioned ranch rodeo event, there’s also an interactive theme park for all ages on Friday and Saturday. Old-timers remember when there used to be a carnival…

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Guthrie football player dies after Aug. 13 heat stroke

“There is no wrong emotion to feel in these times,” Guthrie CSD superintendent Jodie Reel told the sixty or so secondary students gathered for a Tuesday morning private assembly at the school. “It’s okay to cry, or even laugh.” Their classmate, senior Rue McNiel of Guthrie, died Monday evening at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston,…

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Rally for Rue: Guthrie CSD senior suffers heat stroke, remains hospitalized

AUGUST 19 |  BARBARA BRANNON  |  THE TEXAS SPUR Rue McNiel, 18, experienced heat stroke and was transported to University Medical Center in Lubbock, then transferred Monday evening to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. His mother, Mary Erwin-McNiel, posted on Facebook August 15, “Rue is still very fragile, but is trying to fight with every…

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Walt Arnold, 1938–2020

SILVERTON—Walter Arnold of Silverton, Texas, passed on August 14, 2020. Graveside funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, August 17, at the Silverton Cemetery. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home. Walter Lewis Arnold was born September 1, 1938, on his family’s ranch out of Silverton, Texas, to Arthur Cyrus Arnold,…

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