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14
Jun
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Thousands

Thousands of people drive past Stanton’s Welcome Sign every day and just see a funny sign. But on July 13 hundreds will see a sign that says Welcome Home as they return for the 86th Old Settlers Reunion.

 

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Thu
13
Jun
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A brief history of “Old Settlers”

MARTIN COUNTY -

The Old Settlers Reunion is coming up in about a month. You may have heard that this will be the 86th reunion but very few folks can recall the story of how the event began.

It was the summer of 1930 when friends in Stanton received word that Turner Vance and his wife were coming for a visit. Mr. Vance was the son of Dr. and Mrs. J.R. Vance and had come with his parents to Martin County from Ohio in 1891 when Turner was a small child.

Friends in Stanton were excited about the upcoming visit and met on the front porch of the home of Horace and Nobye Hamilton to plan a get-together to welcome Turner back to the place where he had grown up.

 

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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The Brown Yard Pumper’s Council presented a check

The Brown Yard Pumper’s Council presented a check to the sisters of Betty Wiebe of Martin County to assist in her fight against leukemia. Betty, a Grady High School sophomore, is currently in Dallas for treatments.

Thu
06
Jun
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Improvements to Stanton parks should be underway in early July

STANTON - Work will begin in July on almost $200,000 of improvements to the two city parks in Stanton - Shelbourne Park and Stanton Space Park. Stanton City Manager Jesse Montez said this week the new equipment which wuill be installede at the two parks is expected to arrive in Stanton by the end of the month and city crews will begin installing and replacing items at the two parks after the first of the monmth.

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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David Chandler

David Chandler of Stanton got a shot of yet another haboob rolling the dirt and sand through Martin County this week. The weather, both wind and rain, has worked against Martin County farmers who have been fighting the conditions to get a cotton crop in the ground - a crop that might, with any luck, STAY in the ground.

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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Another vehicle ripped off here, this one taken in broad daylight

MARTIN COUNTY - Another vehicle was ripped off this week in Stanton - this one in broad daylight, while in the center of the county a piece of oilfield equipment valued at about $75,000 was stolen.

After several vehicles were stolen the previous week, all during the night, this time around a car was stolen from a residence on E. Broadway during the afternoon on Tuesday.

Stanton Police Chief Fred Shroyer reminded residents to be aware and to continue to lock vehicles and keep valuables out of sight in locked vehicles.

 

 

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Thu
06
Jun
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Iretons, Smith sign on for key posts at Old Settlers 2019

MARTIN COUNTY - Parade marshals for the 86th Old Settlers Reunion July 13 have been named as well as the master of ceremonies for the annual barbeque.

And the theme for 2019 is: The Old Ones are Still the Best “Old Jeans, Old Boots, Old Friends, Old Tunes and Old Times.”

Rhonda and Danny Ireton will be the parade marshals, while Stanton Mayor Jim Smith has signed on to be the MC during the evening BBQ and dance.

 

 

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Thu
30
May
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Serving Stanton, Lenorah, Tarzan and all of Martin County

The Color Guard during Memorial Day ceremonies this week at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Pictured are Joseph Rivas, John Myrick, James Jenkins, James Taylor and Shawn Rivas. 

 

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Thu
30
May
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A half century ago, opening scenes of Academy Award winner filmed here

Editor’sNote: The following story appeared in London’s Guardian , recalling the opening of one of the first R (and for a while X) rated films - one that was filmed 50 years ago, with the opening scenes in Big Spring and Stanton.

A number of the scenes shot in Stanton were not included in the final picture, but the filming here created more than a small stir.

It was a film that won the Academy Award for best picture and featured two young stars-to-be in Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. A few area residents may remember all of the excitement about the film - which seems quite tame by today’s standards.

STANTON - Midnight Cowboy was the first and only X-rated film to win the Academy Award for best picture, a fact that’s useful to know on trivia night, but otherwise needs to be appended by about five or six asterisks.

Thu
30
May
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Old Settlers has a date and a theme

MARTIN COUNTY - The date is set. The theme is chosen. And now it’s time to start announcing all of the reunions and other activities for Old Settlers 2019.

July 13 is the date of this year’s event.

And the theme for 2019 is: The Old Ones are Still the Best “Old Jeans, Old Boots, Old Friends, Old Tunes andOld Times.” 

A first for 2019 will be the crowning of a person or a couple as an Old Sorehead - someone who as a community member or a community couple embodies the heart of what Old Settlers is all about.

 

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