Boot camp grad from Lipan


Yvette and Davis Napier flew to San Diego, Calif., on Aug. 15, to see their son, Justin, graduate from Marines boot camp. They arrived a few days early and were able to see his group practicing on the Parade Deck for graduation.

During the drill instructors briefing, they also witnessed two recruits’ naturalization ceremony. After three months in boot camp, Private Justin Napier graduated, and is now back home in Lipan on leave for 10 days. He will return to California for more training, and then go to MOS training.


On Monday, Aug. 12, the Hood County 4-H Awards Banquet recognized several Lipan 4-H members. Cutter Overton gave the invocation for the banquet. Cutter was also recognized for his achievements in the District and State Horse Show. Jolee Tuggle was recognized for her achievements in District Wool Judging and District Meat Judging. Jolee also presented the Lipan Friends of 4-H award to Harold and Mona Branson. Kayla Wheeler reported on the Lipan membership.

The Lipan 4-H Club had 31 members during the 2012 – 2013 school year. They were: Christopher Baldree, Hannah Baldree, Brianna Barnett, Tray Barnett, Chance Cleveland, Caden Cogdill, Lili Cogdill, Ryder David, Madison Fea, Taylor Grove, Tristen Hawkins, Hank Herron, Grace Lewellen, Hunter Lewellen, Dylan Mercer, Kara Mercer, Morgan Mercer, Tanner Mercer, Wyatt Mercer, Mya Nunez, Cutter Overton, Ally Rogoski, Faith Ross, Jimmy Shires, Brittany Smith, Jolee Tuggle, William Westerhaus, Kayla Wheeler, Brad Winn, Joshua Carnes, Hannah Carnes, and Blair Vance. Congratulations to all!


Mark, Sara, Ian, and Peyton Pendergrass, along with Bryce Shockley, just returned from a trip to Illinois. They stayed in the Rosemont area, a suburb of Chicago.

An entire day was spent at Six Flags Great America. Peyton really enjoyed the roller coaster. They experienced a ride on the “L train” into downtown Chicago, where they visited the Fields Museum. They said it would have taken two days to see all of the exhibits in this huge museum. An authentic T-Rex skull named “Sue”, was on display there.

Then it was on to Shedds Aquarium, where they watched a dolphin show and saw marine fish and mammals. A visit to the world famous “Giordano’s Pizza” restaurant refueled them with the best pizza they had ever had! After lunch, they toured the Sky Deck of the Willis Tower. At 103 floors high, it is the highest building in the United States.

On their final day in Chicago, they went to see the Cubs play the Cardinals at Wrigley field. Ian really enjoyed seeing this historic ballpark. This was also Bryce’s favorite part of the trip.

Afterwards, they ate burgers and fries at Ed Debevic’s Diner. The waiters and waitresses dressed in clothes from the 1950’s, and danced to music from that era. Everyone had a great week in Chicago, but they were glad to get home.


Today, Aug. 24, we have two birthday girls, Patti Chandler and Morgan (Pendergrass) Gulliford. On Aug. 25, Miranda Baldree will be 19 years old. On Monday, Aug. 26, Lillie Renae Slimp will be 3 years old. Wednesday, Aug. 28 is Ally Rogoski’s birthday. Happy Birthday to all!
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