More than 80 participate in Sam Tipton Memorial 5K


Last Saturday’s Sam Tipton Memorial 5K was a huge success. In spite of the cool morning temperatures, over 80 people from ages 4 to 75 came out in support of this second annual run/walk race.

The overall winner was David Holtsford, with a time of 18:41.

Fastest female runner was Brianna Barnett with a time of 23:15. Other females who won their age group were Lili Cogdill, Brianna Barnett, Brenda Ibbara, Heather Parks, Meagan Slimp, Michelle Herron, Traci Ross, Angie Cogdill, Rose Lopez,Janean Wieland, Elaine Pilkington, Kathy Nance and Betty Stoker.

Males who won their age group included Luke Whitely, Brad Winn, Ian Pendergrass, Bobby Clevenger, Shawn Whitely, Shane Shockley, David Holtsford, Kevin Ward and Eugene McNeely. Congratulations to everyone who participated.


The D & D Rockin’ Rods Car Show last Saturday was also a huge success. There were around 100 cars entered in this annual show.

The Lipan VFD reports that the Kickapoo Festival was very successful, also. There were between 30 and 40 vendor booths set up for the day. Around 300 BBQ lunches were served, and around 250 people stayed for the Fish Fry Supper. Franco Marcantonio, owner of Marcantonio’s Bakery, won the gun safe raffle.

The money raised will be used throughout the year to support our volunteer fire department. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported them.

Floyd Jones’ magic show at the Church of Christ was very entertaining. If you missed it this year, I hope you can attend next time. All money raised went to support our Lipan Community Center.


Happy Birthday to Evelyn Tarpley McWilliams. Her birthday is on Wednesday, Oct. 30. We hope you have a very special day!


Don Lee and his wife have been visiting in the Lipan area for about 10 days. One purpose of their visit was to attend a stained glass event in the Metroplex area. Don had an opportunity to visit with several of his “Lipan classmates” while he was here. Sandra (Ives) Howard, Nick Wilson, and Lenois (Spencer) Rasberry visited with him about old times while he was here.

I always enjoy visiting with Don when we cross paths. I sat down with him and we talked about all the gas stations that were in Lipan at one time. He counted five that were in business when he was in grade school here. Did we use that much more gasoline then, or were there just that many needed to supply mechanics and tire repair shops to the farmers? Did gas stations sometimes double as welding repair shops? Let me know what you think.


The Lipan youth did very well at the district cross country meet held at Goldthwaite on Monday, Oct. 21. The junior high boys team placed first, junior high girls team second, and high school girls team second. Congratulations to these swift young people!


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